2K will not be sending out review copies until Mafia III’s launch. There’s no exact reason why this has happened but many feel it’s because the game will be negatively received by critics.
Until Doom released earlier this year. Nobody get a review copy until release, and it’s one of the best games of all year. Review copies arriving on release doesn’t always mean the game will be awful anymore, prior to Doom it used to mean the game was going to be terrible.
Polygon have also backed up this statement, and was also offered a review copy at launch but declined. Many sites will also be looking to get a review out prior to release if possible, so please stay tuned in the next few days for more updates on Mafia III and the review of the game.
Are you worried this could mean the game isn’t that good? Or are you still confident it will be a great game? Let us know.