Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 unplayable without day one update

No early leaks for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, since Treyarch will be pushing an update on day one to enable the game.

Published Tue, Oct 9 2018 5:37 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:50 AM CST

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is set to be one of the biggest releases of 2018, and developer Treyarch is doing something simple to stop people leaking out its game before its October 12 release.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 unplayable without day one update |

Treyarch will be pushing out a day one update to COD: Black Ops 4, a move that Sledgehammer pulled with Call of Duty: WW2 that stopped leakers. Retail copies always find their way into the hands of gamers either by accident or on purpose, and while there could be countless gamers with Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 in their hands, it doesn't matter - they're useless until the day one update.

Twitter user @Ateam_ShAdoWw discovered that the retail version in-hand is useless as a message pops up on his version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 that says "An update is required to play Call of Duty: Black Ops 4". The physical retail copies are the only ones that could leak early, as preloads of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 haven't gone live yet and are only hours away on Blizzard


Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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