We can only imagine what this would have been if the game had a single-player campaign. The fine print for Microsoft’s upcoming Titanfall Xbox One bundle contains a little tidbit, buried there at the end: the new shooter from Respawn entertainment will require “up to” 40 gb of hard drive space. This puts it on par with the PS4′s Killzone: Shadow Fall, which made headlines when it first announced its download size months ago.
As Paul Tassi notes, the 500 GB that both the Xbox One and PS4 came with is starting to look small awfully fast. Modern games are turning out to be much larger than their counterparts of last generation, and with both companies placing an emphasis on digital downloads, the process of deciding what you want to keep sitting on your disc can end up having a real impact on how you play.
Hard drive space is especially important for a game like Titanfall, designed to be played over and over again over a long period of time. a single-player focused game like Knack or Ryse can be safely discarded once a player had finished the story mode, but in a ideal world a Titanfall fan should always be within a few clicks of blasting up some mechs.
Re-downloading a game to play it can take hours, but even the discs require a sometimes frustrating install time with them. I find myself gazing idly at my shelf of Xbox 360 games, remembering a time when all you had to do was pop in a disc and then start playing. It’s a little frustrating that in many ways, the process of playing new console games has only become less convenient with new tech. But I suppose that started when the loading screen first arrived. Oh, for the days of cartidges.
Titanfall is the first major release of the post-launch period for these new consoles, and Microsoft isn’t shy about how important it is for the brand-new Xbox One. The company has given the console a full system update that more or less revolves around the game’s requirements, and has even tweaked the way its controller works based on Respawn’s input. The game has received more or less across-the-board praise during the beta period, so it would appear that Microsoft has at least picked a pretty strong horse to head up this new hardware. The real question will be what impact this can have on sales — it’s sure to boost, but Sony has an impressive lead.
One question — why doesn’t the Titanfall bundle come with a Titanfall controller? Curious.