Bethesda will no longer send out early review copies of games

Back when Bethesda was getting ready to release Id Software’s recent DOOM reboot (a game which Bethesda published), it purposefully held back on sending out review copies for the game to media outlets until the day before DOOM was set to officially launch, citing the fact that two of the game’s core elements (SnapMap and competitive multiplayer) required access to a server which wouldn’t be up and running until launch day. Now, it looks like Bethesda has decided to implement that same strict approach to all of its games moving forward.

In a new post on its website, Bethesda announced it won’t be sending out review copies of its games until the day before they’re set to be released, saying that it wants all players, including those in the media, to experience its games at the same time. This policy will begin with Bethesda’s two imminent game releases: Skyrim Special Edition and Dishonored 2.

Bethesda ends its post by acknowledging that some potential buyers prefer to wait for reviews of a game before buying it and even encourages them to continue doing so. However, it’s hard to trust Bethesda’s seemingly consumer-friendly stance when it continues to offer pre-order incentives for its games (those who pre-order Dishonored 2, for example, will get to play it an entire day earlier than those who don’t), games which reviewers will now not have access to until roughly the same time as the general public.

Skyrim Special Edition will launch on October 28 while Dishonored 2 is set to arrive on November 11.