This has been an unofficial policy for a few games, but now it’s official that Bethesda will only distribute review copies one day prior to the release date.
Game critics say that this is profoundly frustrating since it was already often a rush to complete a game and assemble coherent thoughts about it before embargoes. They were all ready to review Dishonored 2 and flattered by the privilege but Bethesda crushed it all.
From their point of view, this only serves to maximize the number of people that will buy the game in a critical vacuum. This decision was labeled as both anti-media and anti-consumer.
No one knows what to think of it but it looks like Bethesda won’t change the decision regardless.