'Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare' Developer Responds To Complaints Over Update Sizes
The files sizes for Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare and Call Of Duty: Warzone have become something of a sore point for gamers everywhere. Installing the free-to-play Warzone demands anywhere between 80 to 100GB depending on your platform, while Modern Warfare required up to 175GB at launch.
When you factor in the frequent and absolutely massive updates, both games are taking a real toll on the hard drive space of gamers everywhere. The most recent update for example, clocked in at 20.2GB on PS4, 31GB on Xbox One, and 30GB on PC. It's getting more than a little ridiculous, and people aren't happy - especially when it takes the better part of a day to download a mandatory update.
You see the massive chunk I've highlighted here? That's Modern Warfare taking up 200gb of my hard drive.
When did this game get over double in size, holy shit pic.twitter.com/6QDvJcDBpF
- Ky. :man::computer: That's Gears Tactics & XCOM Baby (@HelloKyYT) May 20, 2020
Modern Warfare just got another mandatory 30GB update...
The game is now 200GB in size.
- Scrimzox (@Scrimzocks) May 19, 2020
The fucking size of the update files for modern warfare are absolutely scandalous not a sup of space on me PlayStation
- the midnight whistler (@buckchafer) May 19, 2020
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The good news is that Infinity Ward is aware of how much you hate these Super XL Chungus file sizes. In a recent interview with USGamer, production director Paul Haile admitted that the studio knows how big the game is getting overall, and that the team has taken steps to find ways to reduce the size of the game.
With that said, he explained that the plan will always be to support Modern Warfare and Warzone with free updates, and that releasing these will inevitably lead to increases in size. He also reminded fans that there is a DLC pack management system which allows users to specifically uninstall any packs for modes that they don't play. For instance, you can uninstall the campaign and Spec Ops if you don't use them.
"Modern Warfare and Warzone are both massive experiences with tons of ways to play and new content being added regularly, and we are cognizant of the overall download size," Haile explained. "As a team we are committed to updating the game with new free content of course, but have also taken steps for overall footprint management, including a DLC pack management screen for console users. This allows players to pick and choose which DLC packs they want to keep, and remove the others to recover more space."
There we have it. I guess the takeaway here is that you shouldn't expect Infinity Ward to stop dropping 30GB updates on you any time soon. At least you remove some parts of the game you don't use... but that doesn't really stop future updates from driving the size up even further.
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