Killzone: Shadow Fall final file size is 39.7GB

Guerrilla Games confirms art assets one of the reasons for file size; game will be playable after 7.5GB download via new PlayGo system.

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Killzone: Shadow Fall's final file size is 39.7GB, developer Guerrilla Games confirmed with Eurogamer during a recent press event at the company's Amsterdam offices this week.

The 39.7GB file size is for the European version of the game, Guerrilla Games said, noting localized versions are closer to 37GB. By comparison, Infinity Ward recently announced that Call of Duty: Ghosts on PC will require 40GB of hard drive space.

Sony previously described Killzone: Shadow Fall as an "uber-file." The PS4 features a 500GB hard drive, though players can expand this, just like on the PlayStation 3.

Guerrilla Games technical director Michiel van der Leeuw told Eurogamer that the main reason for Killzone: Shadow Fall's near-40GB file size comes down to the art assets.

"The bulk of it is textures," he said. "I think we're probably a lot larger than the other cross-generation games, because we have no assets that have been made to a lower spec."

Van der Leeuw also called out the game's more open levels, compared to previous Killzone games. "The surface area, I'm just guessing here, must be five to 10 times bigger than Killzone 3 was," he said.

If 40GB sounds like a large file size, van der Leeuw explained that it could have been significantly bigger had the studio not reassessed its data management systems.

"I think at some point the disc image that we were generating was around 180 gigs," he said. "And if we would have put all the levels in, which we didn't, because then the disc image generator broke, it would have been around 290 gigs of data."

For those who purchase Killzone: Shadow Fall from the PlayStation Store next month, Sony's new PlayGo system--through which a portion of the game is playable before the full game finishes downloading--will allow gamers to get play more quickly, van der Leeuw said.

He explained that players with a "decent" Internet connection should be able to download an initial 7.5GB for the first level to start playing in a single evening. The full game should then be ready by the next morning. This could be improved further, van der Leeuw acknowledged.

"Realistically, I think a lot of people can do this... It's just that the initial chunk of 7.5GB is quite big. I think if we would have known exactly how everything would work... I think next time around we'll try to see if we can design something that doesn't jeopardize the game which will make it even friendlier," he said.

"But I think all things considered, this being launch and we've got like 2 minutes 44 from disc to the first level and no installs, I think it's already a massive improvement over previous generations," he added.

Killzone: Shadow Fall is a PS4 launch title, arriving in North America on 15 and Europe on November 29.

Discussion

452 comments
Rushaoz
Rushaoz

I'm gunna put an SSD in ma PS4. Oh yeeeaaaaaaa. At that rate my textures will load first, PS4 will be liek dafuq? And implode. 

Irish-J
Irish-J

Picked up my copy today, turned it over and it says remote play for vita (awesome) and 45 gigs, i couldn't believe it is that large.  Not sure what the others will be, but at that rate, my PS4 will need a new hdd soon.

Justin Roane
Justin Roane

It's 2013, that's nothing. We got 4TB platters now...

WantYouBad
WantYouBad

I remember previous KZ games and MGS4 and so on for PS4 were like this too. Too bad most of those games still weren't any good.

mnkpro1
mnkpro1

Why does every Killzone has to create buzz buy screaming out the file size of the game?  I remember it happen on the first Killzone with it came out for the PS3...ooooohhhh it is so big that it filled up the entire blu-ray disc oohhhhh

noandno
noandno

That'll take... hmm... 2 months for me to download this?

NonLinearMemory
NonLinearMemory

I'm giving Killzone a miss. I'm sure it will be very pretty, but the more I read about it - is it really worth that full file size, for that price, for a 10 hour single-player journey?

 I'd consider Destiny if I was to choose between the two (and I know Destiny isn't out at the same time). The Launch exclusives hardly have my pulse racing but I look forward to 1886 and Bound by Flame next year. 

the13stuff
the13stuff

This article just reaffirms the whole digital vs hard copy debate especially for this gen. In short time, a 1 tb drive would be packed with games of this size. I'd rather stick with physical media for large games, and use the storage for the side stuff.

Hariza Rama
Hariza Rama

HOLYSHIT ?! WTF .... could PC gamer afford that size to download illegally ?

Fine_TableLamp
Fine_TableLamp

All the talk about making everything online and buying online only but they aren't even going to give us a hard drive space big enough to hold everything on. If every game this next gen is going to be close to 50gb then that means you will only be able to install about 10 of the next gen games before you are out of hard drive space. There is already going to be more than 10 games out at launch so how exactly was buying online only going to work? Plus, we don't even know how much they plan on selling extra and bigger  hard drives for (which usually end up being pretty expensive) so this might be sort of a problem later down the road.

euphoric666
euphoric666

i don't care to download 300gb. just gimme real life graphics.

PeejayYeh
PeejayYeh

Ok. If the size cannot be reduced, 1TB will not be enough for the latest games to fit in. Maybe the PC OS needs more compacting.

PC Game Size Theory is thus born!

"The larger the game size, the smaller the OS should be. (Since the chief gaming OS today is almost-tablet based.)"

hadlee73
hadlee73

For PS3 I eventually went full digital, but for PS4 I'll just get discs until larger Hard Drives come down in price.

Sina Madani
Sina Madani

Must be a pretty big game engine. I suppose they'll have included pretty much every class in their code library to allow further modifications through updates as well as tools for custom games in multiplayer

Casey Payne
Casey Payne

Probably due to high definition audio in multiple languages. People get to excited over nothing .

Matt Davis
Matt Davis

I'm not surprised. It's only going to get bigger overtime (DLC's) as well as the size of next-gen games, too.

nbf4548
nbf4548

I hope no one is complaining about a large download size because hi resolution textures are completely worth a long download.  

Joel Garcia
Joel Garcia

OMG!!!!! That's a game with steroids.

mos2000
mos2000

Wow - all that..... and only a 10 hour campaign?!? Truly amazing....

David Redkey
David Redkey

Good thing I am not going to download it. Physical all the way... With file sizes getting bigger and bigger, and data caps are still in place throughout the country, why would anyone want to go digital?

Brandon Pongrujaporn
Brandon Pongrujaporn

Jesse almost 40 gigs, also at Steve ppl do care considering even for pc download games don't go that high. Highest I had to download was almost 18 gigs for friggen batman Arkham asylum goty and Arkham origins is gonna be around 20 gigs. Recent new games and next gen games are gonna have really high gig size.

Eric Mederos
Eric Mederos

That's gonna eat up the hard drive fast. Get the physical copy.

eddieham13
eddieham13

Damn, how big is the box gonna be to fit all those floppy discs.

nervedamaged
nervedamaged

Is this only for people who download the game, or is this a mandatory disc install too?


bu3aDeL_Maz
bu3aDeL_Maz

And that is why consoles should not go full digital. if each game is close to 50gig, this means Im only limited to having 10 games on my console.

people might say delete the games you finished. well I don't want to delete them, I want to have the option of being able to play them anytime I want, I did pay full price for them.  also, Im from the middle east and the Internet speed here is crap, I mean im lucky if I get up to 700Kbps.

sakaixx
sakaixx

@Richard Walling 500gb

titolajko
titolajko

Why would anyone look forward to 1886. We know nothing about the game except a video, no actual gameplay has been shown, no chance to critically evaluate it before it comes out. At this point it is just an idea, like project offset was for ps3 which never came to be

MoeAlza
MoeAlza

@Fine_TableLamp Well I guess a person can uninstall completed games but yeah 10 games seems like the limit. Plus I doubt we get 500GB harddrive space, some of that will be taken up by the system itself. 

bubba_1988
bubba_1988

@Fine_TableLamp PS3 & 4 use the same HDD as laptops, prices are available everywhere. They don't  expect you to purchase every game digitally, hence why they are still producing physical discs.

Lhomity
Lhomity

@mos2000  I hear they have high-res textures, and something called "mull-tea-play-err" now. Might have something to do with it.

KiriharaZro
KiriharaZro

@David Havidall Hall  

Its for the dog you know, if they put 2 dogs instead 1 maybe CoD were be bigger

hystavito
hystavito

@David Redkey I was jut thinking about that.  In Canada most internet plans have usage caps, often around 100GB or 200GB.

deathstream
deathstream

@David Redkey 

And with the Blu-ray file system, get ready for stuttering while the disc is being read.

NoSoul81
NoSoul81

@Steve Yankowski A lot of people.

roleplayer2004
roleplayer2004

@bu3aDeL_Maz  That's why I'm waiting for my 4TB HDD. See you in 2016.

deathstream
deathstream

@bu3aDeL_Maz 

Nobody was proposing a discless system yet.  It is too soon for that due to bandwidth problems like you describe.  Both consoles will allow for expanded storage, so it won't be a major problem.

eddieham13
eddieham13

@bu3aDeL_Maz Yeah but you will just get a bigger boat. I mean hard drive. If games start to consistantly be that big and require installs then the hard drives will probably end up being 1TB eventually. My PC has 4TB over two hard drives and my Ps3 has 750GB, no worrying about storage over here lol.

DarkNeoBahamut
DarkNeoBahamut

@bu3aDeL_Maz you can buy a bigger HDD and put it in your PS4, just like you can do it in your PS3 (I have 1TB HDD in mine, works just fine). Or you can just buy the physical disc version of the game...

bu3aDeL_Maz
bu3aDeL_Maz

@deathstream sure I can expand my storage, I upgraded my PS3 to 500gig and it's one of the best decisions i've made. but even a 2TB HDD will soon be filled, if not games then DLCs and maps. 

I will upgrade the PS4 to at least 1TB, Sony should realize that 500gig is not big enough and offer a 1TB console as well.

battlefront1943
battlefront1943

@eddieham13 @bu3aDeL_Maz More than storage, the problem is the cost of large games compounded by the cost of downloading large games (data caps and data pricing).  I'd much rather purchase a disc and not eat into my data plan at all.  

Fine_TableLamp
Fine_TableLamp

@DarkNeoBahamut @bu3aDeL_Maz Yeah but those bigger HDD are usually pretty expensive all in all. I mean, I don't really want to go out and pay probably an extra $100 every time I get 10 games.

bu3aDeL_Maz
bu3aDeL_Maz

@DarkNeoBahamut @bu3aDeL_Maz but the download speed sux where I am, and limited to 15gig/month >.< . I actually paid extra to get unlimited weekends where I download most of my games. and yes, I all ways aim for physical disks, but sadly it's a bit more expensive....no big deal though

eddieham13
eddieham13

@battlefront1943 @eddieham13 @bu3aDeL_Maz Data Plan? Who the fuck are you with? I don't know what country you're in, but in the UK which is sometimes nicknamed rip-off Britain we can get internet for £15 month with unlimited data. You just pay monthly and use as much as you want with no limits. I'm with Virgin Media and pay £25 and get pretty fast actual download speeds.

You shouldn't be with a company that has a download limit. Most ISP's operate a monthly payment unlimited download but they cap the speed depending on what deal you get / how much you pay.

Data caps are redundant, you need to cancel that shit.