This week in games: Doom delayed until March, Call of Duty’s 175GB install



Start freeing up drive space. This week’s news is all about Call of Duty and Red Dead and their massive install footprints, plus Blizzard’s troubles with China, a new Surviving Mars spin-off, a Doom delay, a detective game that involves Picross, and more.

This is gaming news for October 7 to 11.

Survival is cheap

This week’s Epic Games Store freebie comes with a side helping of news. Paradox is giving away Haemimont’s space-age city builder Surviving Mars, along with last year’s Space Race expansion. I haven’t been back since the earliest days, but I’ve heard Space Race and the latter Green Planet expansions have put the game in a much better state than it was at launch. And hey, as always: It’s free. No reason not to grab it.

Anyway, the promo dovetails with news that the Surviving tag is being spun off into a full-blown series. We’re supposed to hear more details at Paradox’s annual fan convention, but for now we have a title— Surviving the Aftermath—and a post-apocalyptic teaser trailer.

Murder by Numbers, 1 2 3

The friend who told me about Murder by Numbers said “It’s a detective game where you solve crimes with Picross” and that’s all I needed to know. Developed by the team behind pigeon dating sim Hatoful Boyfriend, Murder by Numbers is already one of my most-anticipated 2020 releases. Do you even know how much time I put into Pictopix?

Size matters

Back in 2017 I wrote an article complaining about rapidly inflating game installs. At the time, I was railing against games approaching the 100GB mark. Now, a mere two years later, that seems almost quaint.

This week, upcoming releases Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Red Dead Redemption 2 released their requirements. Red Dead? 150GB. Modern Warfare? 175GB. If you have a data cap—and most of the USA does—that’s a third of your monthly limit for two games. Two. Utterly absurd, and it sounds like next generation won’t be any better, as Wired’s latest PlayStation 5 article says the next-gen console will use 100GB Blu-ray discs.

Better prep for a battle with Your Local Cable Monopoly here in a year or two.



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