New Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone update is absolutely huge

Unfortunately for Call of Duty players, space on their hard-drive just got even more precious.

If you were looking forward to diving into Call of Duty: Modern Warfare or Warzone for a game at some point in the future, you’ll need to make sure you’ve got plenty of space left for the newest update.

The already very sizeable game and its free-to-play battle royale mode are receiving a brand new update today, measuring in at an impressive 15GB.

To put that into perspective, the update which added the Warzone game-mode to Modern Warfare was around 20GB. That was an entirely new map, mode and gameplay experience. This update, on the other hand, is really nothing to write home about.

This is a mandatory update, if you want to play the game you have no choice but to make room for it. It’s supposedly part of the game’s third season of content, but the patch notes on Infinity Ward’s blog really don’t justify such a massive download size. 

According to the developers, this patch includes a few minor bug fixes, some adjustments to the size and speed of the gas circle, and a few new cosmetic items. That’s it. How can this be 15GB you ask? No clue.

As always, it’s possible that Infinity Ward is attempting to sneak a new game mode or map into the game, right under our noses, but this is pretty unlikely. As shown with the worst kept secret in history, Warzone, Call of Duty developers can’t really do anything without someone noticing.

It seems that, as has been the case with many Modern Warfare updates, this one is just massive because the developers aren’t very good at publishing small ones.

Production Director Paul Haile took to Twitter in February to defend the notoriously large file sizes for Modern Warfare and Warzone, implying that the team was working on shrinking future updates. Clearly, this hasn’t happened.

While it’s a mostly empty update content-wise, there are a few things to get excited about which are wrapped up in the 15GB patch. Infinity Ward confirmed in its blog post that a Gunsmith update will allow players to make new hybrid weapons, as well as the return of the ‘Shoot the Ship’ playlist which includes the Grind and Cranked game modes.

Modern Warfare’s free-to-play counterpart, Warzone, is also getting a new “Most Wanted” contract which gives players the ability to set bounties on themselves, with the reward being that the player can revive and redeploy their whole squad if they’re able to survive the onslaught.

As if the hefty update wasn’t enough by itself, Infinity Ward has also confirmed that owners of the full Modern Warfare experience will require two separate downloads to receive the new patch.

We haven’t got a release time yet but it’ll likely be some time in the evening for UK players. May the fastest internet win.

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