Bethesda Software will no longer provide advance copies of its games to press for review purposes, the company announced today.
In a statement on its website, the publisher stated that though it "[values] media reviews," it will "continue [its] policy of sending media review copies one day before release."
The last game released by Bethesda, Doom, was issued to reviewers one day before launch as well.
Timing of review copies is often associated with perceived quality of games, with advance copies indicating greater confidence on the publisher's part, as early reviews can have an effect on all-important launch-day sales.
From a press standpoint, early reviews are important for informing the public about the quality of games before they put down money on them.
Rockstar Games has begun a sweeping series of actions targeting Grand Theft Auto Online cheaters.
Numerous players who used mods or glitches for extra in-game cash have seen their in-game bank accounts reset to $0 (plus any in-game money purchased legitimately via Shark Cards).
Affected players are also receiving messages from Rockstar stating "we have determined that your account illegitimately gained in-game money via mods, cheats, or other actions. We've adjusted your account and updated your balance."
Battlefield 1 appears to have reversed the fortunes of the Battlefield franchise, debuting to strong reviews and stronger sales.
In its first week of release, the World War One shooter outsold Battlefield 4 and Hardline's launch week sales combined, according to UK physical sales numbers from Chart-Track.
Those sales come despite the game being the first of the series' recent instalments not to support legacy consoles.
The Last Guardian has gone gold after nearly a decade of development, according to staff at Sony Interactive Entertainment.
Producer Jun Yoshino tweeted on the weekend that the team had "gone gold. Whaddup," indicating the release build of the game was complete.
Though Yoshino quickly deleted the tweet, SIE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida confirmed the news via his own Twitter account:
The games shown in Nintendo's Switch reveal trailer may not represent the actual slate of games planned for the console, according to Nintendo.
In a statement to Eurogamer, the platform-holder said it merely "wanted to convey in a self-contained video how Nintendo Switch represents a new era for video game systems."
Potential players "shouldn't assume what [they] saw on the video represents actual game footage and further specifics on first-party games will be provided later," the company said.
Samsung this week tried, and failed, to take down a YouTube video depicting a Grand Theft Auto V mod that makes fun of its notoriously problematic Galaxy Note 7 smartphone.
The mod replaces the game's sticky bomb weapon with a model resembling the Note 7; the video in question depicts user "sdaddy345" blowing up a range of vehicles with the modded weapon.
Earlier in the week, the video was taken down via a copyright demand attributed to Samsung, generating widespread derision towards the company.
The latest update to the PlayStation 4 Media Player application allows playback of 360-degree video and images via PlayStation VR headsets.
Updating to version 2.50 of the software adds the feature, as well as compatibility with high-quality FLAC audio and a feature that upscales MP3 audio quality.
In time-honoured tradition, the pornography industry was one of the first to take advantage of the new technology, with the company offering instructions for how to view its VR video library on the Sony device.
The PC version of Watch Dogs 2 has been delayed by two weeks, but that hasn't stopped Ubisoft from releasing a slew of information about the port.
Ubisoft says the delay is in order to add "additional polish" and to "ensure the game runs smoothly across a broad range of PC hardware" - a range the developer/publisher then specified.
The minimum requirements to run the game include an Intel Core i5 2400S running at 2.5 GHz or an AMD FX 6120 at 3.5GHz; 6GB RAM and 50GB spare hard disk space; and a GTX 660 or Radeon HD 7870 with 2GB video RAM.
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