Day one game patches are getting out of hand. When stores are selling games early to accommodate those massive downloads you know there’s a problem. UK retail chain GAME is letting people buy Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 as early as six hours ahead of time to make sure they’ve had time to download the 50GB launch day patch for the official midnight debut on October 12th.
This shouldn’t be an issue if you buy a digital copy but disc buyers may spend a lot of time downloading on October 11th.
The way the release model works right now, companies often have to declare titles finished weeks or months in advance of launch to ensure there are boxed copies, but these games aren’t necessarily truly ready by that point. So it can be tempting to just issue a gigantic launch day patch instead of delaying the release to be sure that everyone can start playing right away. And then retail chains tend to demand that physical versions launch along their digital counterparts.
So you get a massive day one patch and the headache of having to wait for hours as it downloads. The system needs to change and hopefully it will.
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