Since launch, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has been the most notable example of the ballooning sizes of games. Even at launch, its massive 175GB recommended installation size was surprising, but it’s since grown beyond the capabilities of an entire OS SSD.
Right now, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare cannot fit on a single 250GB SSD, which prevents you from updating the game if you’ve somehow decided to dedicate an entire drive to just one game. The increase in size has been steady over the months as both Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Warzone grow, but it finally reached this tipping point with its latest update. Twitter user BattleNonSense shared the situation on the platform.
On PC there is no way to choose what parts of Modern Warfare you want to install, meaning you’ll have to find space for the single-player campaign, co-op Spec Ops missions, multiplayer, and the free-to-play Warzone mode even if you’re only playing one component. That isn’t the case on consoles (Modern Warfare and Warzone can be downloaded independently) and even past Call of Duty releases on Steam separated single and multiplayer content.
That isn’t possible on Battle.Net yet, so you’ll have to put up with needing a quarter of a terabyte to just play your evening games of Modern Warfare multiplayer for the foreseeable future. There’s no official word yet on how large the install size for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will be, but that game also features a connection to Warzone, so it could prove to be quite big as well.
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