OnlySP writes - "Review embargoes. That fickle condition of getting a game early.
In exchange for receiving a copy of a game before release, reviewers and outlets are pretty much always placed under an embargo – an agreement upon a certain time that review coverage cannot be published before.
This time frames is different for every game. Sometimes you get weeks to play a game until the embargo lifts. Sometimes days. Sometimes the embargo lifts weeks before the game releases. Sometimes not until the game releases. Sometimes they’re global, sometimes they’re regional. And, in a bizarre situation this week, sometimes the embargo doesn’t lift until AFTER the game releases.
I’m talking about Batman: Arkham Origins in this last instance."