Call of Duty fans have had a rough time managing their hard drives thanks to Modern Warfare and Black Ops: Cold War’s ridiculous, astonishing, positively gobsmacking file sizes. If you wanted both games on your 500 GB PS4, you might have to get tricky and delete your other games. Thankfully, a new upcoming update will reduce the file size of both Modern Warfare and Warzone.
Starting March 30 at 11 PM EST, when Call of Duty’s Season Two Reloaded update goes live, thanks to “data optimization and streamlining content packs needed for individual game modes.”
“This will come after a larger than usual, one-time update for Season Two Reloaded, which will include these optimizations and is necessary in order to reduce the overall footprint,” the Call of Duty blog states. “Future patch sizes for Modern Warfare and Warzone are expected to be smaller than the one set to release on March 30 at 11PM PST.”
How much of a difference is the update making? The Call of Duty blog states that, depending on your platform of choice, the update will reduce your Warzone file size between 10.9 GB and 14.2 GB, while the Modern Warfare file size will be reduced between 30.6 GB and 33.6 GB. A full readout can be found near the end of Call of Duty’s blog post.
If you still want to play any of Modern Warfare’s modes, you’ll also need to reinstall the optimized content packs, which are set to release “shortly after the Season Two Reloaded update.”
The update should (hopefully) assuage some Call of Duty players’ longrunning issues with the game’s immense hard drive hogging. Modern Warfare launched at 60 GB on the PS4 in 2019, but eventually ballooned to 200 GB.
In addition to the file size reduction, Activision detailed a ton of new content for Season Two Reloaded, including a new zombie mode in Warzone, multiplayer maps, operators, weapons, and more.
Wondering why giant games like Call of Duty and Destiny 2 take up so much space? Read our feature on hard drive hogging that explains all the technical know-how you need to play everything at once.
Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer/bought unlimited data solely because of COD…for IGN.