Today, we're exactly one month away from the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. The Modern Warfare reboot was released just shy of a year ago, and with the months of multiplayer updates since, the massive combined file size of Modern Warfare and Warzone has become a pressing concern. It's been especially annoying for PC players who've had no options for selective installs. Today, that's all changing.
On Twitter, Infinity Ward Production Director Paul Haile confirms that today's new patch for Modern Warfare and Warzone will add "mode specific install options" for PC players. That means it'll finally be possible to free up some of that 200+ GB while still being able to play parts of both Call of Duty releases.
Piecemeal installs have already been an option for Modern Warfare owners on consoles, so it's not clear why it's taken close to a year to bring the option to PC. Giant patches have also exacerbated the issue even when they've not increased the overall size by much. Hopefully, this sort of option will be included for PC players with Black Ops Cold War upfront. Some people will never play the campaign, others won't touch the Zombies mode, so why require having everything installed at once?
With Warzone carrying over to Black Ops Cold War, the combined size of the two full installs will still be nothing to sneeze at, but it's already looking like the new entry will be a bit smaller than Modern Warfare. Where last year's Call of Duty initially asked for 175 GB of space and then scooted past 200 with the addition of Warzone, listings on the Xbox Store say Black Ops Cold War on its own will only come in at around 100 GB.
Black Ops Cold War launches on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and the Xbox Series S/X on Nov. 13. It's still not exactly clear how the new entry will connect to Call of Duty: Warzone, but there will be shared progression and weapons. Black Ops Cold War will also cost $69.99 on the new consoles, joining a short list of titles embracing a $10 price bump for next-gen.