For years small, family owned shops that sell video games have violated their contracts with major gaming companies in a practice known as “breaking street dates”. This process is that of gamers getting their hands on brand new games days (or weeks) before the actual release date of the title. Store owners sell the game ahead of time (often at an extra premium) upon receiving their shipments, then simply ring up the transaction after the fact on launch day.
One of the most popular games that traditionally gets its street date broken is the Call of Duty series. The biggest problem with that is the competitive nature of online multiplayer shooter games. Getting to play the game early can lead to a massive advantage as early players begin memorizing maps, weapon styles, and various other aspects. Treyarch have done something about this problem though, and you may see players bragging on social media, holding their Black Ops 4 discs in hand, but they won’t be gaining an edge this time.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 removes single player this time around in favor of a new battle royale mode, Blackout. There’s also Specialist Headquarters, a traditional Competitive Multiplayer, and Zombies.
Here are some highlights you need to know for Black Ops 4:
- 112 GB Free Space Required during install for physical version
- 55 GB Free Space Required for digital version
- 50 GB Day One Update
- 55 GB Final Installation Size (the rest becomes free space again)
- Be sure to select “Update to Latest Version” during install
- Blackout mode playable after 30% installed
- Preload available Today for digital version
The following Black Ops 4 Multiplayer Maps are confirmed:
- Firing Range
Users who try to boot the game up early before release date are met with the following screen:
Once the installation and day one patch is completed on release date, some offline portions of the game become unlocked as well. Specialist Headquarters is said to be one of the modes supporting offline play. Zombies mode will likely also support a split screen gameplay functionality. COD: WWII performed a similar lockout phase which required users to download an update in order to access the game’s online and offline modes in an effort to defeat street dates being broken.