Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 breaks day one digital sales records

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Treyarch are working on a fix for Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4's emote peeking

To find it gone for Black Ops 4 is kind of a big deal then, but gone it has, with battle royale in as a replacement. In fact, it broke a major record on its first day.

The launch for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has been pretty smooth so far, but some nefarious players have been abusing the game's emote system to look around and over objects to gain an unfair advantage over other players.

The first-person shooter also set a new PlayStation record for day one digital full game sales on the PlayStation Store worldwide, as well as became the best-selling Activision Xbox One digital game on day one worldwide. Not a bad feat at all, considering that the PC version of Black Ops 4 is being offered exclusively through Battle.net. It has also emerged that day one physical sales of Black Ops 4 were 59 per cent down on those of 2015's Black Ops III, and almost 50 per cent down on the equivalent figure for last year's Call of Duty: World War 2. This saw Black Ops 4 selling more digital copies than the previous record-holder, 2017's Call of Duty WW2. But if you're playing the game without issue, know this: Zombies is about to get significantly easier.

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Developer Treyarch is wasting no time in addressing player concerns over the apparently unintended unbalancing. With online multiplayer being the series' bread and butter - Treyarch opted to remove its annual single-player campaign this year - this is a heartening statistic for the franchise.

One of the settings players can look into tweaking are shadow texture sizes, which don't look bad if you turn them down a bit, but have a huge effect on performance. That likely implies that while Black Ops 4 is performing well, it's still unlikely to surpass the Call of Duty franchise's top performers such as Modern Warfare 3. And "the total number of people who connected online to play Black Ops 4 increased from last year's release", according to Activision. Taking a different tack, the magazine headlined its story to highlight the downturn in physical games sales.

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