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You should uninstall Baldur’s Gate 3 before downloading its latest patch

Larian Studios’ patch 5 is a big one, both in terms of install size and content

An image taken within Baldur’s Gate 3 showing a user-made character drinking a brew from Thisobald Thorm Image: Larian Studios via Polygon
Cameron Faulkner (he/him) is Polygon’s commerce editor. He began writing about tech and gaming in 2013, and migrated from The Verge in 2023.

The next major patch just hit Baldur’s Gate 3 on PC and PS5, and Larian Studios is suggesting that some players do something unusual before installing it: uninstall the game.

The reason is because, while the patch comes in at a reasonable 30 GB, it’ll require another 130 GB of available disk space to unpack and complete the installation. By uninstalling the game, players will reclaim the 100+ GB that the base game already takes up on your SSD, and then be able to pull down the latest version the next time the game is installed.

This is less of an issue for folks with fast internet speeds, as it should only take an hour tops to reinstall. But since a speedy connection isn’t something you can simply roll for, for better or worse, we should feel for the people who will wait days for Baldur’s Gate 3 to reinstall. That $79.99 deluxe physical version of the game, containing a “fuck-ton of discs” really can’t come soon enough, can it?

Thankfully, it seems like all of your effort will be worth it, as patch 5 seems stacked. You can — and should — check out the full list of release notes on the game’s Steam page.

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