The latest Call of Duty Release will take over 200GB of Space. Activision has proactively released additional information regarding Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III’s massive download size in order to clarify why it is “larger than last year” before the game’s November 10th release.
According to IGN, Call of Duty’s installation file size on the PlayStation 5 is now 234.9GB. This includes the Modern Warfare II campaign, Warzone, and Call of Duty HQ. Players who had early access to the game’s single-player campaign discovered this. When Warzone and the Modern Warfare II campaign are installed, the file size is a somewhat more manageable 172GB for PC players.
The massive download size is “due to the increased amount of content available Day 1,” according to Activision’s statement on X (previously Twitter), which includes support for Modern Warfare II items, the new open-world Zombies game, and map files for Call of Duty: Warzone. Activision states that additional details on the launch will be released “in the coming days” and that the final installation size would in fact be smaller than the sum of all previous Call of Duty experiences.
The massive file sizes we’re witnessing on the PS5 and PC don’t contain Modern Warfare III’s unreleased multiplayer or zombies game modes. It should be noted that Modern Warfare III by itself won’t require 200GB of file storage; the Call of Duty HQ base installation, which is the hub required to play Modern Warfare 2, Modern Warfare III, and Warzone, is only about 50GB in size. The total download size is influenced by each game pack, which you can remove if you don’t have enough room to install all three games and their ancillary materials.
Why So Much Space?
Several factors contribute to the monumental storage demands of modern games, including the new “Call of Duty.” Here are a few key reasons:
High-Definition Assets: Modern games are packed with high-quality graphics, textures, and audio. From lifelike character models to detailed landscapes, the level of visual fidelity has reached unprecedented heights. These assets, while visually stunning, demand significant storage space.
Expansive Worlds: Open-world games and complex environments require more space to store the vast landscapes, structures, and interactive elements. Players can explore expansive cities, battlefields, and diverse terrains, all of which need ample storage.
Frequent Updates and Patches: Games like “Call of Duty” often receive regular updates, patches, and downloadable content (DLC). These updates can accumulate over time, further increasing the game’s total storage footprint.
Future-Proofing: Game developers aim to ensure that their titles remain relevant for years. By providing additional content and improvements over time, they enhance the gaming experience but also contribute to a larger game size.
The Impact on Gamers
The increasing size of games like “Call of Duty” raises concerns for gamers, particularly those with limited storage space on their gaming consoles or PCs. Here are some potential challenges:
- Storage Constraints: Gamers may need to invest in larger storage solutions to accommodate the growing size of their game libraries.
- Longer Downloads: Downloading and installing a game of this size can be time-consuming, especially for those with slower internet connections.
- Update Woes: Frequent updates and patches can strain storage and internet bandwidth.
- Device Limitations: Gamers with older hardware or consoles might find it challenging to run games with such demanding system requirements.
Game developers are aware of the challenges associated with large game sizes. Many are taking steps to optimize file sizes and allow players to choose which game components to install. This approach gives players more control over the storage impact.
It’s essential for developers to strike a balance between delivering a visually impressive and content-rich gaming experience and respecting the storage limitations of their player base.
As we eagerly await the release of the latest “Call of Duty” installment, we must acknowledge that while it may demand a monumental amount of storage, it also promises to deliver a gaming experience that is equally monumental in scale and excitement. Balancing these two factors is the challenge faced by developers, and ultimately, it’s the player’s choice to embark on this epic digital journey.
Nevertheless, it’s understandable that series viewers would be concerned. Following the release of the Modern Warfare reboot in 2019, Call of Duty games have developed a reputation for taking up a lot of storage space. Activision is still requesting PC players to find 79GB of extra storage space for Modern Warfare III if they already have Warzone and HQ installed, despite the company’s recent efforts to lower game file sizes being encouraging.