Middle-earth: Shadow of War comes out on consoles and PC tomorrow, but here's a warning for players getting it for the latter system: there's a hefty download size.
PC players who are already downloading Shadow of War are posting pictures online of the 97.9GB download for the game. Compare this with the 64GB download size for the PlayStation 4 Pro version of the game. IGN's Dan Stapleton posted a series of tweets comparing the file size differences between the PC and PS4 Pro versions of the Shadow of War, and while both games include 4K downloads, the PC version is more than 30GB larger than the PS4 Pro download.
Shadow of War might be the single biggest download (at launch) I've ever seen. A lot is 4K video, plus a TON of uruk voice acting. pic.twitter.com/QqaZCX9oFi— Dan's Skeleton (@DanStapleton) October 6, 2017
Here’s the PS4 Pro install size. pic.twitter.com/uRYrbUJ9SE— Dan's Skeleton (@DanStapleton) October 6, 2017
It's been suggested by Stapleton that 4K videos are the reason for the large download size of the game, which could mean sub-100GB downloads could be the new norm for graphically intense games. Even Forza Motorsport 7 flirted around the 100GB file size on the PC when it came out earlier this month.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War is out October 10. You can check out our review which praised the game for its immense content, though maybe handling its bulk quests and items in less than elegant ways.