The big new Season 2 update for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has arrived, and it adds lots of new content including a new version of the much-loved Rust map from Modern Warfare 2, so it was expected to carry a large file size. But few could have imagined just how large the file size was, as it runs up to 100GB depending on your platform. Fans quickly and passionately expressed their disappointment over this, as depending on network speed, this could take hours to download.
Developer Infinity Ward has now commented on the massive file size. Production director Paul Haile apologized on Twitter for the size of the update. He said this Season 2 update is a unique situation that will actually decrease the file size of the game overall.
That’s because this update includes new asset packs that reduce the overall size of the game by “a little” when all is said and done. Additionally, this update includes changes that tweak the data files to offer “better overall” disk-space management.
hey all – as we push season 2 live i just want to apologize about the download size of this update. we're constantly trying to fight back against both download size and disk footprint and in this case we're re-sending new asset packs to reduce the overall size of the game.
— Paul Haile (@Tyrael) February 11, 2020
Additionally, a future update for Modern Warfare will allow players to choose which DLC packs to install or delete to free up space, and the new DLC management system for Modern Warfare will only be available on console, when it’s ready.