Star Citizen is already an #enormous download. The #finalbuild, with its story missions, social spaces, first-person #gameplay and more, will be a very weighty package indeed both in scope and in file size. But Jeremy Masker, the director of game operations at Cloud Imperium Games, has warned that it may be a whole lot more massive than people expect—especially folks who are stuck with data caps.
The unhappy word came in response to a Roberts Space Industries forum user who posted a message predicting that the final release of the game will be “significantly more compressed and optimized” than it currently is, resulting in an initial client size of 30-40GB. Patches will also be optimized, he added, and would thus run in the hundreds of megabytes each.
Apparently not, says Masker. “As I have already said, I would not count on this, the game compression and asset removal is unlikely to yield such high gains that we will be able to reduce our client size to 30-40GB. The size and number of assets that are left to deliver means that our client size is much more likely to be 100GB.”
“The size and number of assets that are left to deliver means that our client size is much more likely to be 100 GB,” game operations director Jeremy Masker wrote on the game’s forums.
“Each patch has 100’s of assets, each of these assets are at times 200 MB, this leads to 2-6 GB patches, and if we end up doing a file type re-factor and have to re-download 30-40% of the assets on the hard-drive, then the patch will be 14-20 GB.”
That may not seem like much to those of you with super-fast connections and unlimited data, but it’s a serious hindrance to anyone lacking either. There may not be much choice in the matter—big game, big files—but it may prove prohibitive for an awful lot of people who were looking forward to playing.
Make sure to check out the Linux User Group for Star Citizen.