“We were tired of reviews [that] spent more time talking about our review policy than the game” – why Bethesda changed its review policy

In 2016, with the release of DOOM, Bethesda announced a new policy to only send out review code to media on the day of release.
The policy was met with a lot of pushback from both players and critics who saw it as a way of stifling pre-release criticism, even though, at the time, Bethesda was releasing some of the strongest games it had ever put out.
In the past year or so, code has been quietly coming in earlier for some of Bethesda’s titles, so we asked the company’s SVP of global marketing, Pete Hines, if the company’s policy has officially changed

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