It’s tough being a Call of Duty fan on Xbox: Three years ago, Activision switched allegiances to Sony, ensuring that PlayStation gamers would receive downloadable content (DC)—things like new maps and game modes—first. And not just first, but a full month ahead of gamers on Xbox (or PC).
“This is … untenable,” I wrote at the time. And like other COD fans on Xbox, I’ve been suffering ever since. This past year has been particularly bad, in part because the next COD game, Black Ops 4, will ship a month earlier than usual, in October. So Xbox gamers won’t get the final DLC for the current game, Call of Duty: WWII, until the same month that the next game comes out.
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Sorry, but that just sucks. And this situation is so bad, I’ve considered switching consoles just so I can play COD and get new content on a reasonable schedule.
And then this happened.
“PlayStation 4 players will get to play new content first on PS4 by seven days,” an Activision blog post discussing Black Ops 4 DLC explains.
To be clear, the delta was previous 30 days, so this is huge. And it gets better, as Activision is also planning to ship some free DLC for Black Ops 4 shortly after the game launches on 12, including yet another version of the classic map Nuketown.
Seven days. I can handle seven days. That is reasonable.