How and when to preload ‘Warzone 2’ plus file size on Xbox, PlayStation and PC

War zone 2 is almost here along with the start of Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare II Season 1, the addition of the new DMZ mode and a plethora of new content to dive into.

The new free to play Duty Battle Royale comes with the new Al Mazrah map, a brand new Battle Pass, and overhauled game systems including 2v2 Gulag matches, all-new Buy Stations, and a collapsing circle that can break into two or three smaller circles.

Precharge for War zone 2 is out now on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, PS5 and PC via Battle.net and Steam. I’ve been testing preloading and ran into a few issues I’m currently working on with Activision. In fact, go to your platform’s storefront and search for War zone 2. When it pops up, you should be able to simply hit the pre-load button and begin the installation.

However, the snags I’ve encountered are:

  • When I press pre-load on Steam it just launches Modern Warfare II. It could be that this means the game is already preloaded. I’m not sure!
  • On PlayStation 5, when I search for War zone 2 it does not appear. Modern Warfare II appears, as do some packages for the original War zone, but no War zone 2.

However, you can go to this link which will take you to the War zone 2 website where you can choose your platform of choice and add the game to your library (theoretically this should work!) For example, this link takes me directly to the PlayStation version of the game and gives me the option to add to my library.

When I followed the steps from that link, I discovered that on PlayStation, War zone 2 appears as Modern Warfare II. There is no separate game or icon or page for it. I was able to preload but I can’t tell if it preloads the whole thing Modern Warfare II game (which I don’t own on PlayStation!) or plain War zone. However, the file size is 38.6 GB. More on that in a second.

Speaking of file sizes, how much space does Warzone 2 need?

I’m trying to get confirmation on Activision’s download size, but at the moment I’m seeing conflicting reports. Many points of sale report this, for example War zone 2 takes up 115 GB on Xbox and PlayStation, but when I preloaded the game on my Xbox Series X, this is the screen I get when I go to manage the game:

As you can see, I’m showing it here War zone 2 takes up a measly 6.2 GB. The total footprint of Modern Warfare II campaign, Co-Op, Multiplayer and Warzone 2 is less than 50 GB.

Meanwhile, I could see the pre-load size on Battle.net. I have Modern Warfare II installed on Steam and on the War zone 2 page states that you need 125 GB of space on your computer to install the game. However, in Battle.net, preload requires only 17.4 GB:

If War zone 2 is only 6.2 GB on Xbox and 17.4 GB on Battle.net. I can’t imagine it’s 38.6 GB on PlayStation, which leads me to believe there’s a base game that includes files for both Modern Warfare II and war zone 2, and that also installs on my PlayStation 5 (where I really don’t have that much space! I’m just doing this for science!)

It is possible that this is just the initial preload size and that there is another major update coming up that will take up a lot more hard drive space. I have asked for clarification and will update this post when I know more.

All this is to say that we have limited information at this point, but the actual preload isn’t that big as far as I know ranging from 6.2GB on Xbox to 17.4 GB on PC and 38.6 GB on PlayStationalthough it’s probably smaller there if you’ve already done that Modern Warfare II installed.

Oh, and right now my Steam install is from Modern Warfare II—presumably with War zone 2 preloaded – is 55.45 GB. I believe it was about 30 GB at launch. So it is possible that on Steam the War zone 2 update was about 25 GB, but I’m not entirely sure as updates between launch and now can affect the base install size.

Mysteries abound! See you Wednesday in the Warzone! If it all goes according to plan and doesn’t overwhelm us all the time, that is!

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