While the Internet still makes decisions about whether or not they want to indulge the recent Fallout 4 spoilers that have begun hitting the Net, Bethesda has given the OK signal on official reviews. Or rather, they have given Game Rant (and many other outlets) approval to reveal the review embargo for Fallout 4 reviews. So in case you were wondering: Fallout 4 reviews will hit Monday November 9th at 8am EST.
For those who regularly follow the video game industry – specifically the news side of things – embargoes are nothing new. Almost every major release carries some sort of review embargo, and usually they are timed around a marketing-selected “hype point.”
However, when it comes to Fallout 4, secrecy is tantamount to hype, and therefore Bethesda carefully selected how information got out. Basically, any reviewer that agreed to an early copy of Fallout 4 was given an embargo, as well as explicit instructions not to mention anything related to the review copy. That means no screenshots, Tweets, or messages that even acknowledge Fallout 4 is in their presence. Yes, the embargo has an embargo.
It didn’t take long, though, for critics to start bending the rules, and once the Fallout 4 leaks started it was only a matter of time before things got tricky. Readers wanted to, at the very least, know when reviews might hit, so they could prepare themselves. Not to say that reviews would sway most Fallout 4 fans away from a purchase, but curiosity still rules the roost.
So, what can we say? We can say that Game Rant will have a Fallout 4 review ready to go on Monday morning. We have been playing the game for quite a while; so don’t fear that any element has been rushed. There was plenty of time to experience everything from the character customization to the settlement building. We just can’t tell you what we think of those elements just yet.
Embargoes have long been an interesting part of media coverage, even more so once readers started catching wind of what they are and how they work. Some have a preconceived notion that a late embargo (i.e. one close to the game’s release date) is a bad thing, but that isn’t always the case. Most times embargoes are put in place to control reviews and ensure that the reviewers have had ample time to sample a game. In other words, don’t read too much into the fact that Fallout 4’s embargo is the day before release date.
Fallout 4 releases November 10, 2015 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.