Activision finally announced Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s free battle royale yesterday (what was left after practically everything had leaked, at least), and we’ll finally be able to try it out for ourselves later today. But if you’re a new player, you may end up waiting until long after 7pm to have a tussle in the Gulag – as the download file size is a heckin’ chonker.
As announced via the official Call of Duty Twitter account, the patch for current Modern Warfare owners (releasing a little earlier at 3pm GMT) weighs in at 15-22GB, but the free version of Warzone for new players requires an 80-100GB download. And no, you can’t preload it.
While we don’t yet know how that download size translates to final storage footprint, to put it in context, we can still roughly compare it to other battle royales. Fortnite’s download size is 34.9GB on PC, and it’s listed as 30.29GB on Xbox One, and only 6.69GB on PS4 (while requiring 10GB of save space). Apex Legends’ current install size is listed as 23.09GB on PS4 and 56.4GB on Xbox, and the download is slightly over 22GB on PC. PUBG, meanwhile, has a download size of 28.49GB on Steam, is roughly 17.27GB on Xbox, and requires a minimum 25GB of space on PS4.