While we should already be used to big updates, for numerous players, downloading multiple (sometimes really numerous) gigabytes of patch data remains an unpleasant necessity. Meanwhile, Ubisoft is going one step further: next week's update for Assassin's Creed: Valhalla will force us to download the entire game from scratch. Thankfully without the DLCs, but that's still over 60 GB on almost all platforms except PlayStation 5.
Assassin's Creed: Valhalla - estimated data volume required to download with patch 1.4.1
- PlayStation 5 - 40 GB
- Xbox One - 62 GB
- PlayStation 4 - 67 GB
- XSX/S - 71 GB
- PC - 78 GB
This seemingly bizarre requirement has its justification. Patch 1.4.1 will change the data structure, which is supposed to be essential for the game's further development. In addition, after the update, Assassin's Creed: Valhalla will take much less space on the disk (from about 13 to 44 GB depending on the platform) and significantly improve the performance. Players can also expect shorter loading times, and the patch will probably also bring some bug fixes. Details and the release date of version 1.4.1 will be known soon.
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This is not the first time when players have to prepare to download tens of gigabytes of data to save disk space. Nevertheless, even the huge patch for Call of Duty: Warzone from March was not as big as the "compressed" AC: Valhalla. Another thing is that even before this streamlining, the latest Assassin's Creed took up much less space than last year's installment of Call of Duty.