Bethesda: review copies go from now on day release from the door

Oct

26

2016

Bethesda makes it official policy to review copies of games only one day available to reviewers for the release. The publisher wants “everyone, including the media, a game can be experienced at the same time.”

Bethesda suggests that the release of Doom earlier this year was an example of the system can work properly. “We sent review copies a day in advance. This led to speculation about the quality of the game. However, Doom has become a hit and is one of the most acclaimed shooters of recent years, “says the publisher. Furthermore, the publisher encourages interested parties who are not fully convinced of the quality of their games to “mostly wait until their favorite critic shares his thoughts.

When games come in handy shortly before its release into the hands of reviewers, the quality of the reviews may suffer. The media will then end up in a dilemma; they must choose between a review rushed publish or take the time to look for a better game, while other reviewers they mow the grass at his feet. Ideally, reviewers get a game well before the actual release, and there is an embargo date for the publication of this review. In this way a reviewer in no way compelled to hurry and he is free to look good for a game.

Bethesda Softworks For consumers, the situation is also detrimental. By the decision of Bethesda, there is no opportunity to take advantage of both pre-order bonuses at the same time to make an informed decision to purchase. At a pre-order Dishonored 2, players such as certain in-game items and Dishonored 1 with all dlc gift.

The Bethesda-policy, although does not have any advantages, but it is not in all cases necessarily disadvantageous. In games where the focus is on multiplayer gameplay the player numbers are limited to the reviewers who have prior access to the game, which may not have a representative multiplayer environment as a result, which make a striking review hampers. In addition, day-one patch now also common. This can make a big difference, but can not be included in pre-release reviews.

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