- Forspoken developers have opted out of sending pre-launch review codes to several reputable shops.
- Game critics and content creators are apparently being ignored by Square Enix, which will lead to very few pre-launch reviews.
- Outlets such as Video Games Chronicle, Windows Central, and many others are not reviewing the game due to not receiving review codes.
- Square Enix has not officially addressed the cause, leaving many fans and game critics baffled.
Square Enix’s Forspoken is an upcoming new IP that explores the story of Freya, a young woman from New York who is transported to a fantasy world. The game combines several familiar tropes with a fresh approach to movement and combat to leave a lasting experience. However, the title has been subject to several criticisms.
The latest entry has been riddled with controversy for various reasons, including its huge demand for PC specs. Forspoken is approaching its critical release, and a review ban will drop the game a day before its arrival. However, Square Enix has decided to keep pre-launch review codes from various well-known critics.
A wave of prominent game critics have taken to Twitter to decry the lack of pre-launch review codes for the title. Like major game outlets Video Games Chronicle, Windows Centraland many people have apparently tried to reach out to Square Enix for review codes, and so far all have been in vain.
It looks like VGC will sadly not be publishing the ForSpoken review on Monday, as Square Enix has decided not to provide us with the code. This is an extremely rare occurrence for us, so read into it how you like,” wrote VGC editor Andy Robinson.
when Tom Hendersona recognized game journalist questioned whether the recent 1 hour leak was a possible cause, Andy noted that “This ball has been rolling for a while.”
Windows Central Managing Editor and a well-known insider, Jeez CorzonAnd RPG site Forspoken Devs also took to Twitter to express their disdain, joining the list of mainstream game critics that Square Enix is completely ignoring.
The RPG site also hasn’t received the code yet. https://t.co/VbsAK30GhG
— James @harvestella (@Theswweet) January 20, 2023
YouTuber ForceGamingYT, Boasting nearly 1 million subscribers, there were many who shared the same sentiment. The reason behind the possible delay or Square Enix’s decision to opt out of sending out pre-launch review codes is still out there, leading to a lot of speculation in the Forspoken community.
Big news: Forspoken Lifts review ban a day before launch!
Bad news: 4 days to go and PC codes still haven’t shipped. pic.twitter.com/Gpk9sZXSqG
— Force (@ForceStrategy) 19 January 2023
Another YouTuber, Luke Stephens echoed similar sentiments, Noting that despite their team’s best efforts, the Forspoken review code will not be received. Luke believes that the reason for his return is to criticize the demo.
My team and I are desperately trying to get one. #spoken Review the code, but it looks like we won’t get one. Can’t blame them as I’ve been pretty critical of the game/demo. Anyway, I will try this game and share my feedback as soon as possible,” Luke wrote on Twitter.
It would be impossible to review an open world game in just 3-4 days, even if Square Enix decides to send out Forspoken review codes to various game critic outlets at that point. Unfortunately, the aforementioned outlets and a plethora of other game critics will have to opt out of reviewing the anticipated Forspoken before its launch.
Outspoken fans have discussed possible reasons behind Square Enix’s decision. Many believe that the new IPPC is too unsuitable for the port. Additionally, others have noted that the demo is lackluster and full of issues, especially on the PC version. After the recent news, fans have become worried about the PC version of the game.
Square Enix has not officially addressed the cause, leaving many fans and game outlets confused.
What are your thoughts on Square Enix’s many key outlets withholding their pre-launch review codes for Forspoken? Do you think this decision will further damage the reputation of the game? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
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