Amid concerns over its extensive install size, Activision provides an explanation and assures the gamers that the size will be reduced before the game launches.

Activision Plans to Downsize Modern Warfare 3's Install Size

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, the remastered game by Activision-Blizzard, carries a hefty weight across all gaming platforms. The Steam page listing alerts players to reserve 149 GB on their SSD storage—unless they already have Call of Duty HQ and Warzone installed, reducing the storage requirement down to a more manageable 78 GB. Activision has put forward an explanation for the increased size of this year's Call of Duty edition while also noting the possibility of customising the install to save on storage space.

According to Activision, the enlarged file sizes compared to last year's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 are due to an increment in the volume of content available from Day 1. This includes an open world of Zombies, the capability for item carry forward from Modern Warfare 2, and the incorporation of map files for the current Call of Duty: Warzone. All this contributed to the hefty size of the Modern Warfare 3 remake that some of the gaming community has even blithely labelled as an embellished DLC upgraded into sequel status.

While explaining these contributing factors, Activision highlighted that the final file sizes would contract to be 'smaller than the combined previous Call of Duty experiences.’ This is an anticipated outcome from the diligent work of developers, Sledgehammer Games and Infinity Ward, who have been trimming down the file size before the game’s anxiously awaited launch. Additionally, they informed gamers about the option to head to the 'manage files' section of the COD HQ launcher. Going there, they can select to uninstall content that they deem unnecessary to free up more space.

It's a worrying situation for older gaming PCs that may struggle with the large file size. At 149 GB initially, Modern Warfare 3’s size comes as a shock, especially when compared to other games. Many gaming systems are having to house other sizeable games with extensive volumes of data and high-resolution textures like Starfield and Hitman 2.

Yet in a stunning display of adaptability, Activision assures players that they are working to size down the game. Their aim is to make it possible for more players to enjoy the Modern Warfare 3 remake without having to clear out massive chunks of storage space on their systems.

Modern Warfare 3 is set to be released on 9th or 10th November, depending on your specific region. Its bulky initial size has managed to arise general concerns among the gaming community. However, the staged approach in reducing the file size as planned by Activision, along with allowing players to choose which in-game content they wish to store locally, may alleviate those concerns.

Key takeaways from Activision’s message are that players need to brace themselves for a larger than usual game size, but this will be temporary. Gamers will still be allowed to customise their install for a lighter load according to their system resources. It comes as a reminder that, despite the challenges, Activision and the teams behind Modern Warfare 3 are dedicated to providing a smooth and enjoyable gaming experience to their loyal fanbase.

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