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Black Ops 4 breaks Activision and PSN Day one digital sales records

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 was a bit of a gamble for Activision – though it seems the company knew what it was doing. By stripping the traditional single-player campaign, Black Ops 4 goes all in on multiplayer modes, but fleshed out each of its three modes sufficiently to make players feel that they’ve gotten the value they expect out of a new AAA blockbuster game. While I’ll always lament the loss of the single player (it’s usually my December-time popcorn entertainment), it’s a move that’s been received well by fans.

In fact, it’s broken Activision launch-day records for the best-selling Call of duty game. According to Activision, it’s enjoyed the best day one digital sales of any Call of Duty, and also broken the global records for the fastest-selling PlayStation digital release. The wording there is important because while the game has sold incredibly well digitally, physical sales of the game have lagged. According to GI.Biz, UK launch day sales of the physical, boxed game are down 50% from the last game – which is the lowest physical sales tally in 11 years. Despite that, it’s still the second biggest physical launch of the year in the region, behind FIFA 19.

It makes sense though. As a multiplayer game, it’s just better suited to being stored on consoles digitally over requiring a disc to unlock the content. The 50GB day one patch on physical copies probably didn’t help in that regard either.

Despite the lower physical sales, Activision says that “the total number of people who connected online to play Black Ops 4 increased from last year’s release.”

“Black Ops 4 is an incredible game, and the community’s response to it has been amazing. We have shattered multiple digital day one sales records, and the number of people who connected online on day one to play has grown year on year,” said Rob Kostich, EVP and GM, Call of Duty. “But probably the most important thing is that the community is having so much fun across Multiplayer, Zombies and Blackout. We are so incredibly thankful for the community’s trust and support. This is just the beginning, it’s going to be an incredible journey with Black Ops 4.”

Last Updated: October 15, 2018

15 Comments

  1. Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    October 15, 2018 at 10:13

    These days fastest selling and most selling are more important than being proud of your work and releasing quality content.

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  2. G8crasha

    October 15, 2018 at 09:59

    COD has always been more of a console game than BF. I am actually considering giving it a go. I feel sorry for PUBG because blackout is going to destroy the playerbase. Fortnite, while also a BR game, just has something no other BR game has – building – and that creates a very different type of game. I love watching build battles, and how crazy it becomes!

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    • Kromas

      October 15, 2018 at 10:11

      You should see how fun Fortnite: Save the World is then.

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  3. Kromas

    October 15, 2018 at 10:12

    CoD makes money …. now this is a headline I have never seen before. 😛

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  4. Nikola

    October 15, 2018 at 10:12

    Only people that are excited for COD every year are Americans, 12 year old’s and Craig Guild!!

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    • Guild

      October 15, 2018 at 11:02

      You missing out budd. Played nothing but CoD this weekend

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  5. Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    October 15, 2018 at 10:13

    These days fastest selling and most selling are more important than being proud of your work and releasing quality content.

    Reply

  6. For the Emperor!

    October 15, 2018 at 10:26

    Sounds like a good game, so I am glad for those who like MP only games…last time I played a CoD game online was the first Modern Warfare and it was fun, but eish man with gym getting closer to that 2 hour mark now…
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2d4e3b5c5b6d563e32863579d3a26337176680a8d61962e6ebd109f04a9a2e4f.jpg

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  7. CrAiGiSh

    October 15, 2018 at 13:17

    I don’t think the PC version did so well in SA (specifically Blackout), which is a real shame.

    Hopefully it will pick up or they will allow region selection.

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