Although Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 isn't going to have a single-player campaign for this yearly entry, it'll have the series' iconic multiplayer and zombies modes alongside the new battle royale Blackout mode. Because of the game's multiplayer-centric nature, those lucky enough to get an early copy of the game will be met with a roadblock.
Charlie Intel found Twitter user @Ateam_ShAdoWw with a supposed early copy. When the user tried to boot up the game and play it, he was met with this screenshot he tweeted out:
Today @ShAdoWw sent out a series of new tweets, stating he was able to download a 12 GB update. He was met with a new screen telling him the servers are offline and would be unable to play until the game's launch date, October 12th.
Although he could not play online, offline mode works. Still, don't expect to see any live multiplayer until the game is released.
As vg247.com points out, the reason for this patch is to prevent leaks before the game releases; in fact, last year's entry in the Call of Duty franchise needed a day one patch as well.
Activision has a history of pulling stunts like this - you may remember the notorious Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 released with a sizable 7.7 GB patch for "server support." However, the game's disk held only 4.6 GB total. Most of what was on the disk was just tutorial content. See the potential problems if you buy the game second hand in the future or just don't have a strong internet connection?
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 launches this Friday. If you've managed to snag an early copy, well, looks like you'll have to settle with offline play until the servers boot up on launch day.
Quick TakeThe situation isn't as dire as the Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 fiasco. Still, the trend of day one patches with large updates is problematic. One, you never know how much space you'll actually need for a game until you get it, because there are so many games out nowadays needing those patches. Secondly, when there are no patch notes for these updates, it begs the question: how much is being left out on the disk?
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