Forza fans might soon need to clear some disk space, because Forza Motorsport 7 is on its way, and it’s set to gobble up masses of disk space (despite a recent leak that suggests that Microsoft is trying to fix that). When the game launches on 3 October 2017, gamers will be able to pop in the disc and start playing immediately. The game doesn’t require any extra content off-disc to run, and includes a 45GB install to your hard drive. But that’s only half the disk space it will use on launch day, because there’s another enormous additional 50GB update ready for gamers. And then another massive update with 4K textures and 60fps support coming after that for the Xbox One X. This will be the first first-party Xbox One title to suck up over 100GB of drive space before any patches or DLC!
Turn 10 writes on their official blog that the additional download won’t be strictly necessary to play the game out of the box, but in-game content focusing on the campaign, as well as new vehicles and unlockable tracks will be part of the additional content, and will need to be downloaded eventually. The extra content becomes available on 29 September, so this is also one of the first games released by Microsoft where even a disk install has an optional pre-load before the launch.
“A great example is the Forza Driver’s Cup single-player campaign,” says Turn 10. “While all players can complete the first play-through of the Forza Driver’s Cup on disc, beating the series unlocks a wealth of new Forza Driver’s Cup content, including new competitive and Showcase events, as well as new trophies and Driver Gear rewards. In order to access those new events and rewards, you’ll need to have the additional update installed.”
While it is possible to attach an 8TB drive to the Xbox One via a USB 3.0 connection, these install sizes are getting really, really ridiculous. A 50GB download on a slow 2MB ADSL connection will take 59 hours to complete. Even on my 10Mb line at home, that’s still almost 12 hours of downloading at full line speed!
Sound off in the comments if you’ll be getting Forza 7 on launch day, or if you’ll rather wait a bit for a GOTY edition with three discs instead of one. Because that’s what I did for Gran Turismo 6. I double-dipped on a game just to avoid having to download the thousand-plus updates it had received over the course of two years.