Call of Duty: Warzone will get a mid-season update this week that will create some lower, optimized file sizes to Warzone. But the thing is it comes with a really enormous download.
Activision said that it won’t matter if you have the full version of the Call of Duty Modern Warfare and Warzone or only free-to-play Warzone on its own, you will be able to see the overall file size footprint reduced.
This isn’t that much of a surprise if you know how much space new Call of Duty games take up. The Call of Duty Modern Warfare and Warzone has been memed about their enormous download sizes for a long time.
Activision said “Enhancements to the overall content management system have been made possible through data optimization and streamlining content packs needed for individual game modes,”
And Activision explained that this is “a larger than usual, one-time update”. So what does this mean? It basically means that we shouldn’t expect this kind of big downloads for future updates.
Activision also explained “Along with the ability to remove individual modes that are no longer played, owners of the full Modern Warfare experience will see more space freed on their platform of choice,”
“However, those who want to continue playing Campaign, Multiplayer, and/or Special Ops will need to reinstall the optimized Content Packs, which will be released alongside and shortly after the Season Two Reloaded update.”
Thanks to Eurogamer, here is a breakdown of the reduction in file size:
- PlayStation 5: 10.9GB (Warzone only) / 30.6GB (Warzone and Modern Warfare)
- PlayStation 4: 10.9GB (Warzone only) / 30.6GB (Warzone and Modern Warfare)
- Xbox Series X / Xbox Series S: 14.2GB (Warzone only) / 33.6GB (Warzone and Modern Warfare)
- Xbox One: 14.2GB (Warzone only) / 33.6GB (Warzone and Modern Warfare)
- PC: 11.8GB (Warzone only) / 30.6GB (Warzone and Modern Warfare)
And you still have to have the Warzone installed on your computer if you want to play Modern Warfare. Infinity Ward production director Paul Haile explained why Warzone can’t be uninstalled from Modern Warfare. It’s because “that’s where all the shared data is stored for weapons/operators/etc. that are needed for all modes. The only Warzone specific data that gets pulled along is the map and it’s not that much data compared to all the weapons and operators”.
“In other words: you would not save much space at all by uninstalling Warzone but still needing all the data for MP.”
Also, this update will have a download size of 7.4 – 14.18GB for owners of the full version of Black Ops Cold War. And 52.0 – 57.8GB for owners of the free-to-play Warzone.
Here is a breakdown of those;
Black Ops Cold War update sizes:
- PlayStation 5: 12.2GB
- PlayStation 4: 7.4GB
- Xbox Series X / Xbox Series S: 14.18GB
- Xbox One: 9.13GB
- PC: 8.1GB
Warzone update sizes:
- PlayStation 5: 52.0GB
- PlayStation 4: 52.0GB
- Xbox Series X / Xbox Series S: 57.8GB
- Xbox One: 57.8GB
- PC: 52.4GB (Warzone Only) / 133.6GB (Warzone and Modern Warfare)