Hey all! It's unusual for us to take down a review, but we unfortunately had to do so today with our review of All Zombies Must Die, an unreleased Xbox Live Arcade game. The reason for this has nothing to do with the content of the review but, rather, a miscommunication regarding the review's embargo date.
If you don't know what an embargo is, here's the gist: Publishers and developers sometimes give us advance review code of their games. The twist is that we can't publish it whenever we want but, rather, at a specified time provided by the publisher or developer. (Of course, once a game is on shelves, it's fair game.) The original embargo date and time provided to us for All Zombies Must Die was today, December 21, at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time. As it turns out, the embargo was changed because the game was delayed, but we didn't receive the notification sent to various publications.
Out of respect for the developer of the game, we have decided to unpublish the review until the new embargo time has arrived. When it does, the review will be published without change. I just wanted to make sure we were being as transparent as possible about the circumstance. If you have any questions, you are always welcome to send me a private message (username: kevin-v).
And in case I don't get another opportunity to say so: Happy Holidays!
-Kevin VanOrd, Senior Editor