CoD Modern Warfare 3's 200 GB Size Spurs Fan Criticism, Activision Responds

For some, the claim that MW3 offers more Day 1 content compared to previous titles is somewhat contentious, especially since the game was originally conceived solely as DLC for last year's title

by Sededin Dedovic
CoD Modern Warfare 3's 200 GB Size Spurs Fan Criticism, Activision Responds
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has encountered challenges in winning over its fan base. One major source of discontent stems from the fact that the 2023 installment was initially conceived as downloadable content (DLC) for the 2022 title, Modern Warfare 2.

Eventually, it evolved into a full-fledged premium experience, a transformation that left some fans perplexed. However, the game's file size has become a point of contention, as it occupies an astonishing 200GB, dwarfing the file sizes of recent titles, which have been committed to shrinking the overall game size.

In response to the mounting criticism from fans regarding the substantial increase in MW3's file size, Activision took to its official Call of Duty Twitter account to provide an explanation. They clarified, "#MW3 is almost here.

In preparation, we'd like to provide an update on file sizes that are larger than last year. This is due to the increased amount of content available on day one, including open world Zombies, item transfer support from #MW2, as well as map files for the current Call of Duty: Warzone.

(Note: as part of our ongoing optimization efforts, your final installation size will actually be smaller than your previous Call of Duty experiences combined)." Furthermore, Activision emphasized the players' ability to manage the Call of Duty files in the 'manage files' section of the COD HQ launcher menu.

This feature grants players the flexibility to uninstall specific content they are not actively using, such as the game's campaign. Activision also promised to share additional information about the launch in the upcoming days.

Despite the justifications provided by Activision, some fans find the notion that MW3 boasts more Day 1 content than previous titles somewhat disingenuous, given its initial status as DLC for the previous year's installment.

Nevertheless, the option to uninstall specific elements of the game offers a degree of relief, and there is hope that Activision will continue to optimize MW3's file size.