Bethesda Copyright Strikes Itself To Stop Redfall Leaks

Bethesda Copyright Strikes Itself To Stop Redfall Leaks

One of the busiest video game summers ever is upon us, and the next one to launch is Redfall. Eager to prevent leaks from making it out into the world with only a few hours to go until launch, Bethesda is being extra vigilant, issuing takedown and copyright strikes wherever unapproved Redfall images and footage might pop up. Perhaps a little too vigilant actually, as the studio managed to copyright strike itself.

Tears of the Kingdom has proved that even the most water-tight of video game ships at Nintendo is prone to leaks, so it only makes sense that Bethesda is doing whatever possible to make sure nothing makes it out a little too early. While the copyright strike against itself appears to have been quickly reversed, a couple of Redfall followers noticed that the banner image of the game’s official Twitter account was briefly taken down.


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Both GamePitt and PMS Jordan shared screenshots of the evidence, which showed Redfall’s Twitter account with the banner image removed. Not just removed, which has been happening for no reason to a lot of people since Twitter started to crumble beneath our virtual feet, but replaced with a grey rectangle. On it, a message reads “The image has been removed in response to a report from the copyright holder”.

window.arrayOfEmbeds[“1652973507146313729”] = {‘twitter’ : ‘"n<blockquote class="twitter-tweet">Xbox/Bethesda/Arkane have been trying to pull all early footage of the <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Redfall</a> on Twitter.nIn doing so, their request to pull unauthorised content has also pulled the banner for the official account, claiming it was &quot;removed in response to a report from the copyright holder&quot;! <a href=""></a>n&mdash; GamePitt – Detailed Game Reviews (@GamePittReviews) <a href="">May 1, 2023</a></blockquote>nn"’}; window.arrayOfEmbedScripts[“twitter”] = “"<script async src="" charset="utf-8"></script>"”;

Bethesda likely hit up whoever was responsible, thanked them for their diligence, and then pointed out that any images used and posted by Redfall’s official Twitter account are fair game. An amusing hiccup, but honestly, an understandable one. Twitter is hardly an authority on who and what can or cannot be trusted anymore. Just last week, someone definitely not under the employ of Disney managed to get a golden checkmark on their very fake Disney Junior account.

window.arrayOfEmbeds[“1653002991085993984”] = {‘twitter’ : ‘"n<blockquote class="twitter-tweet">Xbox/Bethesda is on full copyright takedown mode for anything <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Redfall</a> related.nThey even had friendly fire and took down their own banner. ud83dude2e&zwj;ud83dudca8 <a href=""></a>n&mdash; PMS Jordan (@PMS_Jordan) <a href="">May 1, 2023</a></blockquote>nn"’}; window.arrayOfEmbedScripts[“twitter”] = “"<script async src="" charset="utf-8"></script>"”;

Launching a week after Jedi: Survivor and a week before Tears of the Kingdom, the last thing Redfall needs is someone leaking anything from the game that might result in someone planning to play skipping it to stick with Star Wars or save more time for Zelda. Not only does it have a very small and crowded window in which to operate, but Redfall’s build-up to launch has also been plagued with backlash. Gamers have taken issue with its always-online requirement, the inclusion of Denuvo DRM, and an FPS cap on consoles.

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