It’s become expected by this point in the gaming world to have games get released early by some retailers. However, if you try and do this with Call of Duty WW2 early retail copies, you’re gonna be out of luck: the game doesn’t work without the day one update.
Day one updates have been a fixture of game development ever since the end of 2014, where various disastrous releases like The Evil Within and Assassin’s Creed Unity forced developers to start putting out patches on the day of release in order to fix any lingering bugs that could impact the game.
Various social media outlets have shown that a few very fortunate people have managed to get their hands on prematurely released copies of Call of Duty WW2, however, any attempts to play the game online will end with failure, as it requires an update. This is likely so that Sledgehammer can actually put in whatever the game needs to be able to play online.
It’s also just as likely that the reason that Call of Duty WW2 early retail copies can’t be played online without the update is because of Call of Duty Black Ops 3 and Call of Duty Infinite Warfare both getting their multiplayer leaked online before the game was actually released. This way, players can’t get into online before everyone else that buys the game the regular way.
There’s no telling yet on whether or not the Day One update requirement will also keep players from going through the game’s story mode, but considering how many gamers mainly buy Call of Duty games for the multiplayer rather than the campaign mode, it’s likely a non-issue.
If you can’t wait to play Call of Duty WW2 yourself, you don’t have much longer to wait. The game will be releasing on the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC on November 3, next Friday.