I've seen the stuff they've done like having the Danny Dyer voiceover cheat, the Dreamcast and the Walmart controller and it's endeared me towards the game in some way. But if you asked me to tell you when it was releasing before that article, I'd have had no fuckin' idea. So the article's fair in my opinion.
Where was the early access? Where were the previews, dev streams, any sort of presentation after E3 and before the trailer yesterday? In order to get hyped, people on Twitch today are stuck streaming the first game, which is nothing like the second and we know how it ends.
The first two sentences of the article are "I play video games and write about them for a living, so that means for roughly 14 hours a day, on my computer or my phone, I am scouring for stories. And this is why I find it genuinely surprising that until yesterday, I had no idea that Bethesda’s Rage 2 comes out just four days from now."
Bethesda's continued disdain for the press is pretty gross. From blacklisting outlets it doesn't like (they haven't responded to a single Kotaku email for 4.5 years and counting) to tweets trying to drag journalists, it's Trump-esque (fitting, since a Trump is on Zenimax's board)
The marketing has been fine for this, plenty of trailers, adverts etc (I'm surprised so many here don't know the game is coming because it feels like a new trailer is released every week) but that's a shit comeback from the Rage twitter account.
Obviously they sent nothing to him, if they don't even know who he is.
And I agree that 14 hours a day scouring for stories, instead of going to Amazon or Best Buy for 30 seconds to look up upcoming releases, is poor performance. But it's not like he didn't tell people who he was or how he goes about his job.
To be honest, I have taken an interest in Rage 2, enjoying the footage and I think it looks like a fun game. But what he's saying here isn't that crazy: I probably follow all the same gaming media types the writer does and I'm on Twitter more than I'd like to admit and no one's really talked about anything regarding this game. Granted, I don't really follow streaming culture that deep, either, and it sounds like they're STILL salty at Kotaku, but all I've ever seen were like what Bethesda put out which wasn't much.
I wouldn't say the article is clickbait so much as a thin excuse for the author to shit on Bethesda. Don't get me wrong, they deserve it, but in an article that was actually written thoughtfully & with actual original journalism instead of a mish-mash of recent slip-ups.
Also, idk about any of the rest of you, but I've been getting Rage 2 ads every day on youtube for weeks (yes I don't use adblock on youtube to support creators), so maybe he was just looking in the wrong places? Maybe he could have reached out to Bethesda for comment?
Not trying to give Bethesda the benefit of the doubt, but this is a legitimately poorly written article.
Yeah, I get that. Jason's tweet is a bit disingenuous as it goes beyond just 'disliking' Kotaku. I'm pretty sure anyone wouldn't want the project they've spent time on leaking out of the blue like that, so Bethesda's move here is entirely fair. I do feel bad for the rest of the journalists over at Kotaku, though, but the blacklist makes perfect sense.
To my knowledge, I think the only outlets they've blacklisted is Kotaku? Would appreciate if anyone could elaborate on this.