Xbox’s biggest exclusive of 2015 will make a serious dent in your hard drive.
Earlier this week, Game Informer reported that Halo 5: Guardians could take “up to 60GB” of hard drive space. Luckily, Microsoft reached out and clarified the confusion around the size requirement. Apparently, the physical disc for Halo 5 will be loaded with 46GB of campaign data, then (prior to launch) a 9GB update will release for the game which will include bug fixes and the majority of the game’s multiplayer content.
For digital pre-orders, the game (including the 9GB update) will be downloaded pre-launch so long as consoles are set to the “instant on” mode. Those who have pre-ordered physical copies of the game, however, will have to wait to download the massive patch until they begin installing Guardians on the 27th.
To avoid waiting an hour or two for the multiplayer patch to install, it seems the best option is to pre-order a digital copy to guarantee full access to the game when it goes live at midnight on Oct. 27.
As for the provisional 60GB number that was originally reported, perhaps this is taking into account the promised 18 free DLC maps that will release in the coming months.
Halo 5: Guardians launches exclusively on Xbox One Oct. 27.