Middle Earth: Shadow of War no longer Auto downloads the game's 4K content

Shadow of War's high-resolution content will no longer take up unnecessary space on your hard drive.

Middle Earth: Shadow of War no longer Auto downloads the game's 4K texture pack

Middle Earth: Shadow of War no longer Auto downloads the game's 4K content

 
When Middle Earth: Shadow of War launched, many users complained about the game's huge 90+GB download size. This became a huge point of contention on several online communities, as the game did have an option to disable/delete the game's 4K Cinematic pack, saving over 20GB of drive space. 
 
This highlights a big problem with several modern games, as many gamers are forced to download files that are not utilised by the end user, a problem that is particularly annoying for those who use older hardware, lower display resolution or have limited storage space. 
 
Thankfully Monolith has now addressed this issue in Shadow of War's PC version, removing the 4K Cinematic Pack and High-Resolution Texture packs as mandatory downloads and making them completely optional, which is great news for those without 1440p or 4K screens. Now new downloads for Middle Earth: Shadow of War will be under 70GB, which is still large but represents a reduction in storage/download requirements of over 20GB. 
 

  
Middle Earth: Shadow of War no longer Auto downloads the game's 4K texture pack

 

Those who want to use this game with its highest resolution textures will need to download the game's 4K Cinematic and High-Resolution Texture packs separately, allowing them to be used only when the user wishes. 

  
Middle Earth: Shadow of War no longer Auto downloads the game's 4K texture pack  

This will likely be the start of a new trend for PC gaming, with Ultra-HD/4K content coming as free optional extras rather than as a mandatory add-on, saving users storage space and sellers like Steam, Origin and UPlay network bandwidth. 


You can join the discussion on Middle Earth: Shadow of War's download size on the OC3D Forums

 

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11-10-2017, 09:30:46

NeverBackDown
Didn't even know this was an issue. I got it the day of release and it was only 70GB.Quote

11-10-2017, 09:39:02

WYP
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Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
Didn't even know this was an issue. I got it the day of release and it was only 70GB.
That is a testament to how quickly Monolith resolved the issue. For the most part, only those who pre-loaded the game were affected.

In other news DRM is getting in the way of performance testing, locked out of the game for the next while because of too many hardware changes.Quote

11-10-2017, 11:25:53

Darkdayzzz
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Originally Posted by WYP View Post
That is a testament to how quickly Monolith resolved the issue. For the most part, only those who pre-loaded the game were affected.

In other news DRM is getting in the way of performance testing, locked out of the game for the next while because of too many hardware changes.
And here I am playing it on my xbox one because the windows store simply WONT run it. It "attempts" to start but then fails, not a black screen or anything just a quick popup windows that immediately vanishes (like a quick run command on windows).

So....oh well lol. I'd play it on my 50inch tv anywho and the game looks great on the xbox one anywho, but the option to play on my pc would be nice to actually work...going to i guess reinstall it tomo when i go to work.Quote

11-10-2017, 14:35:26

NeverBackDown
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Originally Posted by WYP View Post
That is a testament to how quickly Monolith resolved the issue. For the most part, only those who pre-loaded the game were affected.

In other news DRM is getting in the way of performance testing, locked out of the game for the next while because of too many hardware changes.
Yes very quick indeed! I had to manually download the 4k content myself. I have this game on both PC and PS4(game share with a friend on PS) and the 4k content on PS4 was about 23GB, but the game itself was only 37GB. So it's interesting to see that the PC is at nearly twice the install size. I wonder if they removed the assets for Consoles that they didn't need?

Wow that sucks. I didn't even know the game had DRM! I don't believe the last game did either, which is interesting they never mentioned it.Quote

12-10-2017, 02:25:58

Linchpin
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Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
Wow that sucks. I didn't even know the game had DRM! I don't believe the last game did either, which is interesting they never mentioned it.
Shadow of War uses Denuvo DRM, fat lot of good that did though. Shadow of Mordor just had the basic Steamworks DRM.Quote
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