If any game can get away with taking up about half of your console's stock hard drive, it's the latest Call of Duty. Though many have either expanded their storage or upgraded to a PS4 Pro or Xbox One X, those who are still rolling with older consoles with less storage space may have already started deleting other data for Modern Warfare's updates. With tomorrow's release of a required data pack, it's in for another growth spurt.
In a new weekly update from Infinity Ward, the studio gives console players the heads up about a "Data Pack 1" launching tomorrow that'll be required to play Modern Warfare moving forward. It's "about 15GBs" and is seemingly separate from the patch itself, at least on consoles. After first installing Tuesday's patch, Modern Warfare will then launch a game install menu when players try to start up any mode. From there, the Data Pack download and installation will start.
While this is by no means the largest update Modern Warfare has received since launch—adding Warzone to the game last month increased its size about 20 gigabytes—the fact that it's numbered suggests that there'll be more weighty Data Packs in the future. It's nice that Modern Warfare is being supported with free updates, but even if you're someone who never touches Warzone or Spec Ops mode, it seems a steady stream of 10 gig+ patches is the norm.
When Modern Warfare launched last October, the 175 GB space requirement for PC received some pushback, leading Infinity Ward to clarify that it would take up less space upon release and that the figure was accounting for future updates. Now, Push Square estimates that the total install size of Modern Warfare on PS4 will sit at around 190 gigabytes.
On a 500 GB hard drive that came with an early Xbox One or PlayStation 4, accounting for the operating system means Modern Warfare will soon take up about half of the remaining storage. Again, this isn't too shocking at this point in the console generation. With other triple-A games often cracking 100 GB—like Red Dead Redemption 2 and Final Fantasy 7 Remake—and titles like Fallout 76 occasionally pushing 50 gigabyte patches, Modern Warfare is simply out on the upper bounds of the new normal.
The full patch notes for the Data Pack will be posted with its launch tomorrow. At the moment, it's not exactly clear what Infinity Ward is adding, but the studio did open this weekly update by reiterating its commitment to combating cheaters in Modern Warfare and Warzone.