Bethesda posted a seemingly awkward blog post on their forum this week, detailing their feelings on game releases and game reviews. In a move that is truly anti-consumer, the publisher and developer has in a statement distanced itself from fans and gaming media.
What Bethesda discusses is game reviews for their titles, and how they no longer want to send out early review copies to be previewed or reviewed ahead of release. Basically, if the next Elder Scrolls game is rubbish, you won’t know until after you have bought it. Sure, it will probably be good, going by previous releases, but for a new IP, wouldn’t you like to be able to trust your preferred gaming media source and follow their advice?
Bethesda even suggest you waiting for a few days after their game launches to see what the media is saying! “Please don’t buy our game at launch if you have trust issues,” basically. Anyway, here is their full statement below.
“At Bethesda, we value media reviews.
We read them. We watch them. We try to learn from them when they offer critique. And we understand their value to our players.
Earlier this year we released DOOM. 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. 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.
We also understand that some of you want to read reviews before you make your decision, and if that’s the case we encourage you to wait for your favorite reviewers to share their thoughts.
Skyrim Special Edition releases globally on October 28 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Dishonored 2 releases globally on November 11 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.”
What do you think, guys?