According to Call of Duty site Charlie Intel (update: Activision has confirmed the figure with Polygon), citing the back of a retail PlayStation 4 copy of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Legacy Edition — that’s the premium version of the game that includes Modern Warfare Remastered, if you’ll recall — the combined install size for the two games is 130 GB. That is a large enough number that responses to this particular piece of information run a narrow spectrum from “HAHAHAHAH” to “wowowow” to the always popular “RIP.”
Charlie Intel reports that French retailer Micromania “has started to hand out just a blank Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Legacy box with the Modern Warfare Remastered campaign code for those that pre-purchased the PS4 version.” Here’s that box shot:
And here’s a close-up of that 130 GB detail:
Of course, this may be a misprint or a conversion issue from metric gigabytes to yes I know that’s not a thing, but before the internet gets outraged over an admittedly large video game, it’s worth looking at this trend across Call of Duty games dating back to the original Modern Warfare, which was released nearly a decade ago in 2007.
While a 90 GB install size for Infinite Warfare would be a 50 percent increase from the previous largest leap on the same generation — which was a 37.5 percent increase from Call of Duty: Ghosts to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare — it’s not so far out range as to be impossible to imagine. Indeed, the generation spanning leap from Black Ops 2 to Ghosts resulted in a massive 150 percent increase in storage required.
Of course, I’m pulling most of these figures from the PC releases of the Call of Duty games on Steam. Why? Because they’re constrained by the core development platform (consoles in this case) but also are freed of the physical storage limitations that console games have. So while Black Ops 3 clocks in at 41 GB on PlayStation 4, it commands a whopping 60 GB on PC. Of course, 41 GB is under the 50 GB storage limitation of a Blu-ray disc, while the PC release is downloaded via Steam.
With Infinite Warfare supporting the PlayStation Pro, there’s even more reason to assume we’ll see a larger install size for the game, akin to the PC releases. In addition to the annual size creep represented on the graph above, there’s a kind of generational leap happening here as well. It remains to be seen how developers will handle exceeding the storage limitations of the Blu-ray disc (multiple discs? Patches for PS4 Pro support?), but for now the possibility of Infinite Warfare and Modern Warfare Remastered commanding 130 GB of your console’s storage space may be a sign of what’s to come.
We’ve reached out to Activision for clarification on the 130 GB number and details on the actual size of Infinite Warfare.
Update: Activision has confirmed the figure with Polygon, and we’ve updated the headline to reflect that. Activision also provided Polygon with the following statement, which has also been added to the game’s FAQ:
The estimated storage space required for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered (Legacy, Digital Deluxe, or Legacy Pro) is a combined 130 GB. This is a high-end estimate, which includes both games, any Day 1 updates, as well as the additional Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered multiplayer maps to be released before Dec. 31, 2016.