Well, it feels like one.
It would be useful for this specific information, as it would help to better establish the MC.
I feel like my MC would feel like they didn’t deserve it with that knowledge in mind. I never would have taken that option if I had known from the beginning the circumstances of MC’s promotion. My MC’s whole attitude would have been different if I had known that.
And for a novel it makes sense to introduce us slowely to the MC. It gives a nice feeling while rereading a novel to see all the things that now make sense. But this is no novel, not in the classical sense. Here having something like this only cleary communicated so late in the game is frustrating because it basically means I have to restart the whole game from the start to integrate this information in the character I build. It’s about player agency and consistent character building.
And this is something that I would expect to have a huge influence on the way MC perceives their job and this case tbh. It’s not just their first case it’s their first case and they know that they are technically in no way qualified for the job, not just expirience, that should lead to different reactions and emotions as just having it be their first case, from being desperate, overwhelmed, stubborn, spiteful, scared to fuck up or just highly motivated to prove their worth. And I think the reader/player should know it in all of it’s meaning, but we really only get to know about the whole deal with MC during chapter 6 and what gets teased about it is more frustrating…
I didn’t say you lied to us or that this was writen with the intention to lie to the player, I just said it ended up feeling like the narrative/the game lied to me. If I thought this effect was your intention I wouldn’t even mention it, but as don’t think so I thought I should at least tell you that it can feel that way.
It’s not the way you write, it’s the way the game (mechanic) is constructed, that’s two different things. Your writing style is fine, it’s just noticable that by now you mostly wrote for a different medium.