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Destiny 2: Beyond Light Will See the Game's Overall File Size Shrinking Up to 40%

Destiny 2: Beyond Light will narrow the game's file size quite a bit, although a full re-download of the title will be needed.

September 25, 2020

In a time where games are growing larger when it comes to file size all the time (looking at you, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare), developer Bungie is looking to do the exact opposite and ensure that its own title, Destiny 2, can be less egregious the hard drives of players.

Detailed in a new blog post by Bungie related to the upcoming Beyond Light expansion, the developer said it will be shrinking the install size of Destiny 2 by 30%-40% once the add-on arrives. The new install size will vary depending on your platform of choice, but Bungie says the game’s new size will range between 59 and 71GB. Bungie says it is making this move not only for optimization purposes, but also because it will “help us control install size better in the coming years.”

While this is surely something that many players of Destiny 2 will be very happy about, there is one major downside. Once Beyond Light releases, players will have to fully download the game all over in order for this new install size to be doled out. Essentially, the current version of Destiny 2 is getting scrapped altogether and the upcoming edition that centers around Beyond Light will be seen as basically a new game. Fortunately, if you’re still looking to play Beyond Light on day one and don’t want to have to wait to re-download the game in its entirety, Bungie will allow for pre-loading beginning on November 9.

Destiny 2: Beyond Light is set to arrive on November 10 for PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC, and Stadia, with a version for PS5 coming later on as well. Oh, and it’s also available now via Xbox Game Pass if you don’t already own the game.

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