COD Black Ops 4 Physical Sales Are The Lowest In 11 Years

If you didn’t know (and really, you should have known) Call Of Duty Black Ops 4 released at the tail-end of last week, and its launch sales numbers have just been revealed.

Somewhat surprisingly, Black Ops 4 debuted with the lowest numbers of physical launch sales in a massive 11 years, with a 59% reduction of boxes games being sold.

The last time COD had such few physical sales was way back when Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare released in 2007.

Luckily for Activision, those are just the numbers for physical copies sold…when it comes to digital, the game has been absolutely dominating the charts.

According to reports, the game is responsible for setting a new record for Activision, for most digital downloads at launch, achieving the biggest numbers in the history of the company.

The good news doesn’t end there though, as the game has also become the fastest-selling digital game in PlayStation history for titles sold on the PlayStation Store, and it’s Activision’s biggest digital launch for Xbox as well.

The massive drop in physical sales versus digital might be down to Black Ops 4‘s massive – and pretty unexpected – size.

In the same week of its release, it was announced that there was going to be a mammoth 50GB (approximately) day-one patch, and the news left lots of fans a little less than pleased…

To make sure that people had the time to install the game before it hit midnight on release day, retailers including the UK’s GAME, Amazon UK and more began to offer the title the day before its official release.

Taking to Twitter to confirm the news, GAME Meadowhall wrote: “URGENT NEWS! You can pick up your copy of #CallOfDuty #BlackOps4⁠ ⁠⁠ ⁠ from Thursday 6pm – 9pm.

“Don’t worry if you haven’t preordered! you can still pick up a copy & pre install the game and be ready to play it at midnight. WE WILL NOT! Repeat, NOT DOING A MIDNIGHT LAUNCH.”

Did you pick up the new COD this weekend, and did you download or buy boxed?