Destiny 2’s File Size Is About To Go Way Down

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Destiny 2’s File Size Is About To Go Way Down
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Destiny 2‘s file size will shrink by somewhere between 30 and 40 per cent when Beyond Light releases, Bungie announced yesterday. Unfortunately, you’ll also need to re-download the entire game when that happens.

A lot of games big these days, but even in a crowded field of bloated file sizes Destiny 2 stands out. I can’t count the number of times my poor little launch edition PS4 with 500GB of storage struggled to install new expansions because of the extra space that was required just to download them.

Fortunately, that pendulum is about to swing back in the other direction. “The current Destiny 2 install has a significant amount of accreted ‘dead’ content (e.g. assets in the base install that were replaced in later patches),” the studio wrote in a blog post. It went on:

Due to a combination of culling unused or replaced content, install size optimizations, and moving some content to the Destiny Content Vault, Destiny 2’s install size will shrink to between 59 and 71GB (depending on platform), a reduction of 30 to 40%. These improvements should also help us control install size better in the coming years.

Here’s Everything Destiny 2 Is Losing Later This Year

Bungie went into more detail about what precisely will be disappearing from Destiny 2 later this year, when the studio begins vaulting content for the the first time in game’s history and…it’s a lot. The base game’s main campaign will all but disappear and most of its existing free-to-play content...

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By comparison, last year’s Shadowkeep expansion pushed the game’s total footprint on PS4 north of 150GB. Even just the base game currently requires 105 GB of storage on PC according to its Steam page. Of course, Destiny 2 is also losing a bunch of content on when Beyond Light comes out in November, so the new smaller file size isn’t a complete surprise.

Other games have also been shrinking thanks to recent updates, most notably Warframe which is in the process of dropping 15GB (and without losing content). Meanwhile, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare seems determined to continue racing in the other direction as it currently nears the 200GB milestone.

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    • The vast majority of what they’re removing is game that barely anyone plays. They’re taking it away and replacing it with new content. On top of that, they’re going to be bringing back refreshed versions of the stuff they’re vaulting and Destiny 1 content on a rotation every few months.

      The people complaining about Destiny essentially giving you new free shit to do and see all the time astounds me.

  • Its not surprising when they are literally removing the entire base game and first two dlcs content from the game (still annoyed at this seeing as I paid for them originally)

  • Yes this is how removing half of the game works.

    Extra sucks that us PC players are getting screwed for console weakness and then bungie laziness. Pretty sure it never even hit 100gb on PC (actually decided to check, yeah only 92gb).

    They literally keep admitting its because their engine sucks donkey **** and that they have no idea what they are doing, but then say the only choice was delete half the game. Just fix your goddamn engine and hire some competent devs.

    Literally everyone at bungie not in the sound/world design teams should be purged and replaced, then also executed for a lot of them preferably (if involved with crucible, or this removing half the game decision).

    • yeah none of that sounds even remotely like reality, more like you and your collected beefs with Bungie. Other than slow menu times (even with a SSD) that game runs more than fine on consoles. On PC, even with a mid gaming rig) the game is lightening smooth.

      And the reasons you give for them removing the stuff is barely the reason why they are doing it.

      • “And the reasons you give are hardly what BUNGIE SAY are the reasons”
        Fixed that for you. Your first probnlem is believing anything bungie says after their track record.
        For years they have said how their engine takes ages to do anything, said they’ll fix it and then not. Its finally come to a head with them instead deleting half the game to ease that issue a bit rather than hiring some competent people to fix it.

        If someone still defends bungie after everything they’ve done with destiny, its a straight up admission of mental retardation.
        One can like some of the content (I do), but they have made far too many errors and willful fuckups to be afforded any politeness or benefit of the doubt.

          • I’d bet money there are limitations with the engine that are starting to rear their ugly head. Simply because there is no upside to deleting content when you can repurpose/retune said content for the purposes of say bounties, etc, as far as Destiny goes and just let those areas just be yet another different area for people to spend time in.

            Especially when it’d likely be pretty simple to retune basically anything before Beyond Light numbers wise. They absolutely have ways to automate sweeping changes for balance purposes, and could likely do so across all items, enemies, etc, in the game almost on a whim if they wanted to. It’s the sort of thing other developers have been doing for over a decade at this point.

            “We’re fine tuning and making it a more engaging overall experience for players!” or whatever excuses developers/publishers try to sell people on with things like this is pure window dressing.

            You simply do not tear chunks of content from your game, content that could still provide more entertainment to your customers, unless it is absolutely necessary.

  • “And the reasons you give are hardly what BUNGIE SAY are the reasons”
    Fixed that for you. Your first probnlem is believing anything bungie says after their track record.
    For years they have said how their engine takes ages to do anything, said they’ll fix it and then not. Its finally come to a head with them instead deleting half the game to ease that issue a bit rather than hiring some competent people to fix it.

    If someone still defends bungie after everything they’ve done with destiny, its a straight up admission of mental retardation.
    One can like some of the content (I do), but they have made far too many errors and willful fuckups to be afforded any politeness or benefit of the doubt.

  • Well, the file size might be going down because they are optimising their build and getting rid of useless files……. or……. it could be going way down because they are culling, sorry “vaulting” a huge amount of content and replacing it with…… less than they are vaulting.

    I am annoyed. I paid for those games. Yes, technically, I paid for “access” to those games. I was never told they would vault the original content and 2x pieces of DLC. Legally they can do it, I’m sure – I’m not arguing that they can’t do it. I’m saying they SHOULDN’T do it because this leaves a sour taste in my mouth. Should I buy Beyond Light? What if they vault THAT too one day?

    Other companies have run large MMOs (not that Destiny is, was or ever will be a proper MMO which I am thankful for) and games without having to “Vault” their content. I understand that Destiny uses a different engine…. but if they are having such troubles with the size of the game when the game world is manifestly NOT gigantic, then they need to seriously consider either expanding their team or changing engines for Destiny 3.

    • How does game size effect the engine? You enter a new area, your current area is dropped, the new one is loaded in. It shouldn’t matter how many times you do that?

  • Bungie: We’re going to put a bunch of stuff hardly anyone plays on hiatus so we can retool it and bring it back in the future for events and stuff. Meanwhile we’re going to add new, better focused content that isn’t a shotgun blast of random shit spread across a dozen maps then bring back a bunch of retooled content from Destiny 1 and the stuff we’re vaulting on an event basis. This will keep you always with fresh content for no charge, help optimise our already insanely scalable engine and lower file size.

    Community: Fuck you! Some people paid for this 3 years ago knowing full well that it’s an MMO and is liable to change! How dare you change it! LIES AND DECEIT BUNGIE.

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