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'Black Ops IV' sales numbers, 'Red Dead Redemption 2' goes live: weekly roundup

Updated: Oct 23, 2018


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James Finney | Technology Editor


‘Call of Duty Black Ops IV’ sales reach over $500,000,000


As of right now, it looks like players are enjoying this year’s offering of the both famed and notorious franchise, “Call of Duty.”


“Call of Duty Black Ops IV” made over $500,000,000 in sales on it’s launch weekend, nearly twice as much as “Avengers: Infinity War” made on its opening weekend domestically.


This comes after controversy following the announcement that “Black Ops IV” would release without a traditional campaign, and would also be taking a page from games such as “Fortnite” and “PUBG” by releasing with a battle royale mode called “Blackout.”


So far reviews have been positive, with the game receiving an 80 percent on average across reviewers and an 85 percent on Metacritic. Blackout has been well received by members of the “Call of Duty” community and according to Activation, “Black Ops IV” has received more playtime across its zombie, multiplayer and battle royale modes than either of the past two “CoD” titles.



Courtesy Rockstar


‘Read Dead Redemption 2’ goes gold, rumored to be sold on two discs


The numbers are in. The “Red Dead Redemption 2” download size will be 100+ GB. Gamers who chose to download “Red Dead” can expect at least a 140+ GB download. That means a whole lot of players are going to have to do some early spring cleaning on their hard drives.


Though only a week out from release, “Read Dead Redemption 2” has still managed to keep the hype train rolling.


A torrent of videos praising the game’s graphic fidelity and level of immersion were uploaded on YouTube following recent play sessions by YouTubers and journalists alike.


Standout moments from the coverage were stories of how NPCs reacted to the actions that players took. Westerners will remember the good deeds and heinous acts of players in the world, and will react with fear, joy or even violence at the sight of a player coming back to town.



Courtesy Electronic Arts


‘Battlefield V’ covers story in last week’s dev talk


Dice studios continued its renewed PR campaign last week by transitioning to talks about the game’s unique “War Stories” campaign. War Stories is an anthology-style set of story missions designed to provide players will multiple, unique perspectives on WWII.


“Battlefield V” story developers took over the “Battlefield” twitter for a week to go over multiple details/questions over how War Stories are researched and developed.


The War Stories campaign features stories from the perspective of Norwegian rebels fighting against the Nazi occupation of their homeland, as well as a set of missions revolving around French colonial soldiers fighting to retake south France.


It was also announced that “Battlefield V” has gone gold, meaning that the game is ready for launch on Nov. 20. The entire studio team has now moved on to post-launch support for the game, including the day-one patch and later DLC for the game.


Check out the "Battlefield V" story trailer here.

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