Physical copies of Modern Warfare II only include meagre 70MB of data
Physical copies of Modern Warfare 2 will not work without a huge digital download
Published: 27th October 2022 | Source: Does It Play - Twitter |
Physical copies of Modern Warfare 2 are digital download keys, not real games
Purchasers of physical copies of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 on consoles will be dumbfounded at the size of the files on disk. With around 70MB of data on disk, physical editions of Modern Warfare 2 are effectively nothing more than a digital download key that allows gamers to download the full game. Yes, even owners of physical copies of Modern Warfare 2 will need to download around 150GB of files, and that doesn't even include Warzone 2.
So what can Modern Warfare 2 disks do without an internet connection? Nothing. This makes physical copies of Modern Warfare 2 a complete waste of materials, as the game doesn't even give gamers any of the benefits of physical game ownership. Modern Warfare 2 disks are a digital downloads with an extra step. This is a slap in the face for game preservationists, and those who buy physical copies of games to avoid lengthy downloads.
Many game developers are starting to move away from physical game sales, and part of this process for Activision appears to be making their physical game copies useless disks. If their disks are turned into digital download keys, consumers will not be as mad when Activision's future games become digital only releases. To put it another way, Activision is going all digital while still having a presence on store shelves, something which they can axe whenever it suits them.
It would have been nice if Modern Warfare 2 disks contained something more than a digital download key. Ideally, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's single-player campaign should have been available on disk, allowing it to remain playable even if the game's servers are taken offline. As it stands, there is little reason to buy a disk-based copy of Modern Warfare II, with the only perk being the ability to sell your disk-based copy of the game after you are finished with it.
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