Bethesda has confirmed that it won’t be sending review copies of Skyrim and Dishonored 2 until one day before the release dates of each game. This is likely to be the standard method to be implemented by Bethesda, who also didn’t send review copies of DOOM until a day before release either. The reason given by Bethesda is that it wants everyone to experience the game at the same time.
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.
So don’t expect in depth reviews of either game until a few days after their respective launches. Skyrim is likely to get high scores anyway due to its popularity and being a re-release. Dishonored 2 has a well regarded prequel but it is a new game so people may wait to see what kind of coverage it gets. Skyrim Special Edition releases on October 28th, while Dishonored 2 will be out on November 11th.