Call of Duty has increasingly shifted to games as a service model and this is not making it easy to be a retail buyer. Modern Warfare is no different here.
Every move they make is to reduce the Second Hand market. There’s this and there’s the special bonus gun package you get for preordering Digital only. This is their strategy to offset any loss in microtransaction sales this time around.
Digital should be cheaper, with the disc, they have to get all those materials, disc, case, and the like, then they have pay someone to package them, then to ship the product to the stores for sale, digital should be 5 to 10 bucks cheaper I’d say, yea digital is convenient but when u switch systems u lose them, i gots hundreds of dollars on ps3 games that I can’t redownload on my ps4, well I can’t redownload them for free. Same game but pay twice
^^^ Isn't that what my PS Plus subscription is for?
Storage on a huge server farm ? When I buy digital it's downloaded and stored on my console, I don't know wtf you're talking about.
Pretty sure all those games aren't stored on server farms. Way too much data. Physical cost way too much to produce, pack, ship and purchasing floor space. If they want more people to adopt digital they are going to lower the cost as you technically never really own the product and can't sell or trade it.
I never thought of it like that before, day one updates trying to get more people to go digital. Makes sense though. Ironic really because here in the UK digital is always the RRP but thanks to pricing wars with retailers all out trying to undercut each other, the physical are usually considerably cheaper than digital. Do you want to pay £55 or £60 for the convenience of going digital or pay under £45 for the physical copy for example. *edit* And a quick check, MW £59.99 digital when my main online store (ShopTo) is selling it for £44.85
Same here in Australia. Usual RRP for any new release AAA game since the NES has been $99 But now you can grab the same game for $68 ($46 u.s) if you buy it on a disk.
i account share with my mate. we got £60 worth of psn for £51 and bough modern warfare between us at £25.50 each :) same with all our psvr games and that.
I noticed mine was preloading on my ps4 last night It had like 6 different downloads At least I know it’ll be ready to play by 9 pm 10/24 I hope Outer Worlds starts preloading on ps4 soon too
what you mean preloading? mione still has a countdown timer but nothing is downloading onto my console
The timer means that’s when the game unlocks and will be ready to play. When you see the actual game tab on your home screen that means it’s already downloaded. I seen mine download because it downloaded in 6 different phases
This article is about 6 years too late.
retail buyers of this game are a bad news themself
Many people still have slow internet connections and are held back by their local technology constraints. I live in a city and in a central location minutes away from all the major shops, bars, clubs, takeaways, restaurants etc yet itt was only 1 and a half years ago that I was able to buy fibre for a reasonable price and have had to suffer with 800kbps max download speeds beforehand, at those speeds I was discouraged from going digital because it's not fun buying a game and having to wait until the following evening to play the game because one and a half days was the average time it took me to download a single game. Moves like this really hurt people who were in my position. Worse than waiting a day or two to be able to play a game is buying a retail copy, putting the disc in then having to wait until the following evening to play it anyway thanks to the ridiculous day one patch.
I still buy physical because of ability to resale and lend games to friends. I have the fastest internet Spectrum in my area offers, 400Mbps and it's brutal downloading games to PS4. They just need to allow pre-downloading of day 1 patches ahead of time to physical owners.
i think you misunderstood my comment. i should've edited the comment by saying "just buyers of this game" call of duty shouldn't be purchased, phisically or digitally is the same shit
More like the defenders of this are the real bad news tbh.
How is this news??
Well if I was buying a retail copy of it, I'd want be to be warned in advance when I'm going to have download a 40gb update when I put the disc in my console. I imagine this is especially important for those with slow internet connections or have a monthly download cap on their connection.
Why? Nowadays it's a given. Most games are like these
Not really, day one patches are common place, most are reasonable sizes that are under 5gb, that's a big difference to 40gb.
it comes down to whether or not people want to put up with something as ridiculous as a day1 40 gig update. i wasn't very interested in this game to begin with -now i know i'm not getting it.
What a pointless article
All game developers do this. And they are all sleaze bags for doing it.
I don't get what the issue is, everyone has too download the update and I dont mind a big download for getting it cheaper in a shop
It's an underhanded way of discouraging retail copy sales and encouraging the sale of digital which benefits the publisher.
It's also sloppy. There was a time when you finished a game before releasing it. Anything on a day one patch should've been included with the disc. This kind of practice almost eliminates the ability to play these games later when the current version of the networks are gone and updates are no longer possible.
15 years ago they would DELAY the game a month or 4! But when games released they were more frequently a finished product.
The issue is that what you get on discs at retail is incomplete, or broken. Therefore, you need access to the company's servers to play the game, just as you would if you bought digital instead of retail. If the servers go offline, or the game's support shuts down, the discs are worthless, and no one is going to want to buy them used. Given this reality, there is little advantage in buying physical over digital--which is what they want.
A large patch on a third party game? I'm shocked, SHOCKED.
Hardly buy retail anymore, it's no longer a guarantee that you'll play the same day. The division 2 had a massive 60+ GB day 1 update and that was the last retail game I bought cause what's the point
This is the goal right here. They made physical copies as inconvenient as possible to push gamers towards digital where they have more control over the lifespan.
smh, some of you gamers are some truly misguided ass fools man. SHeesh
"As time passes, it has started to become meaningless to get the retail copies of games that work more as a service and get updated frequently" Why? Because of one update? If an update comes out one month after release, you have to download it whether you bought digital or physical. This is such a rough article trying to make a big deal literally nothing. You can preload digital games but you cant preload disc games cause you dont have the disc. It's literally how it's always been lol Plus at least once the PSN servers go down forever you can still play the single player with the disc ;)
Day of release the game should be at least somewhat functional. A “fix” update a month after the game release is just support of their released product. A 40-60 Gb day 1 update means lots of shit is not on the disc. People have crappy internet connections/bandwidth limits and some choose not to have a net connection and just want to play the single player portion of the game. Practice is shady as hell and should not still be occurring.
Yes that one update. I can remember each and every single game I've went to a midnight release for, came home excited to play only to put my disc in and discover I was going to have to wait hours on end to join my friends in multiplayer because of excessive day one patches.
I got it on PC so I dont really care about the patch. I wont play it at midnight on launch more like the day so its all good to me.
Same. Plus my internet can download Everything in like 15 minutes
150 gigs is a lot to dl it is like 2 hours on my connection.
I payed £38 for this game via ebay preorder with a 20% off code. Il get 25 back for it trade in or second hand sale on ebay How much will you people be getting back for your digital download. Il wait the 40 or 60gb patch out, thanks.
I have this magical ability our ancestors used to have called patience so I don't care about a big update and I will continue to buy physical copies that way I at least fully own my copy and can resell it if I so choose so stick your slimy practices up your ass Activi$ion
Wow I can wait. I rather own my copy then rent it out if I purchase digital.
Right now it's a problem, sure, what with all the constant updates and patches, but with the upcoming Gen 9 consoles using 100 GB discs and larger drives, surely this problem will be lessened. Besides, this was all eventual when patches and updates became an acceptable thing for consoles, and to think not a one of the Big 3 would have prepared for this in a constantly updating market is just unrealistic.
Large day 1 updates don't make buying a disc a waste of time. You still save time for the stuff you don't need to download and can resell your game. Thats one of the biggest problems i have with digital games. Some games i know i will never go back to once im done with them but i can't sell or trade them.
I don't think there could possibly be a good excuse for 175GB. That is insane. Get ahead of the game and at least let Multiplayer and Singleplayer be separate apps.
Is this like WWII where you HAVE to download the update even if you only want to play the campaign? If so, f### them.
Torrenting the single player portion for PC finish it then uninstall. Only game that I will buy is RDR2 because it's coming to steam in Dec.
People still buy retail?
Its all part of the plan
All this talk about internet sucks so 40GB is going to be bad for people so they should have went digital. Ummm if your internet sucks why would it be ok to have to download 160GB for the full digital game and not ok to do 40GB as physical requires only install?
Yeah I don't understand people. Either way you have to download. So why does it matter? People are just making excuses to complain
"As time passes, it has started to become meaningless to get the retail copies of games that work more as a service and get updated frequently" Nah That's very wrong. Dont buy into that shit.
Call of duty Day 1 is bad news for any buyers.
I would like to pay for just the campaign. Is that possible?
I think what happened with COD Modern Warfare was that this is the first game that follows the new rule by Sony for developers to make games divided in parts so you can uninstall the part that you already completed and aren't gonna use anymore to save space.
Don't be fooled by Activison and the news sites saying there are no loot boxes in MW. https://www.youtube.com/wat...
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