Bethesda made waves in the gaming industry earlier today by publishing this blog post, explaining a new policy in which it will not be distributing review copies to press and/or streamers of games until a day prior to its release. This process started earlier in the year with the company's reboot of Doom, and will continue with this week's Skyrim: Special Edition and next month's Dishonored 2.
Many in the industry are up in arms over the decision, because they feel that it will affect not only the reviewing process of their respective publications, but also the relation to consumers, who depend on said reviews before they run out and make a $60 purchase on a game that could very well be a dud.
"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," noted the company in its post.
"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 reviews to share their thoughts."
Some have sided with Bethesda on the matter (like fellow members of the industry, including Chris "Redbeard" Wiseman who helped inspire this piece), but for the sake of fairness, let's look at the arguments for and against this recent announcement: