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Bethesda is firing an arrow to the knee of early reviews of it’s upcoming games, anything to do with Dishonored, Fallout, Elder Scrolls, Prey, their entire lineup and you won’t find any reviews until everybody gets their hands on it.

Bethesda has taken what was a good balance and made a decision to kneecap early reviews, it took this stance when DOOM released this past summer. The reviews of each and every Bethesda game since forever, other then some certain games that I won’t mention was good and some were negative, but Bethesda has decided that it was wise to remove itself from early reviews from the big websites around the internet.

Gary Steinman of Bethesda stated that “We released DOOM earlier this year, we sent review copies to arrive the day before launch, which led to speculation about the quality of the game. Since then Doom has emerged as a critical and commercial hit, and is now one of the highest-rated shooters of the past few years.” 

“With the upcoming launches of Skyrim Special Edition and Dishonored 2, we will continue our policy of sending media review copies one day before release,” Steinman continues. “While we will continue to work with media, streamers, and YouTubers to support their coverage — both before and after release — we want everyone, including those in the media, to experience our games at the same time.”

Fallout 4

Atom Bomb Baby.

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Do you think this will spell disaster for Fallout 5, The Elder Scrolls VI, Wolfenstein 2, and Todd Howard’s 2 upcoming original projects? That those games might end up being bad because of this decision? What do you think? Sound off in the comments below.

4 comments on “What’s the Deal with Bethesda?

  1. I don’t think it will spell disaster, but I’m always concerned with reviews being held back. Whilst the game may end up being good, the only possible reason for doing this is to keep critical opinion back until after the game has been released. If it turns out to be bad, it will be too late to cancel pre orders and people who picked it up day one will be uninformed. Whilst I’m always opposed to pre ordering or making uninformed purchases, people still will, and keeping that information from consumers is shady at the very least.

    1. Physics says:

      Agreed. Like I’ve been saying since 2015 after I acknowledged my own mistakes, don’t fall into the pre-order culture.

  2. It might make people, including myself, wait a few days after release to read the full reviews. It’s generally seen as a bad omen if a gaming company goes out of its way to hold back reviews.

    1. Physics says:

      Agreed, that statement to that is DOOM and not every game will be DOOM. So… Don’t fall into the Pre-Order culture, wait until launch day.

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