Watch Dogs: Legion is the third installment in the open-world action-adventure series, and it will be released in October 2020. Watch Dogs: Legion, developed by Ubisoft and features hacking heavily in its gameplay, was released to mixed reviews, with the PC version receiving a 72 percent Metacritic rating.
The game was acclaimed for its stunning representation of futuristic London and ambitious “you can play as anybody” concept. Still, it was panned for its repetitive gameplay and lackluster plot due to a central protagonist’s lack.
Ubisoft has continued to deliver updates for Watch Dogs: Legion, as it does for the majority of its recent releases. Among the additions are Multiplayer support, a 60fps performance setting on next-gen consoles, and a recently added co-op zombie mode called Legion of the Dead. The most recent 5.6 patch, which was released on September 14, was a massive upgrade to the game — specifically for one platform.
Unfortunately, this ‘huge update’ is big in terms of file size rather than substance. Despite including a modest number of bug fixes, the update weighs in at a whopping 40.2GB on Xbox Series S/X consoles. This is virtually the full original release of Watch Dogs: Legion in terms of file size.
To make matters worse, the PS5 version of Legion’s upgrade is relatively small in comparison, weighing in at just 3.2GBs, much to the displeasure of Xbox Series S/X owners. There are a few reasons for this, including the Xbox console handling file storage differently from the PS5, despite the fact that both the Series S/X and PS5 utilize solid-state drives. Despite the patch notes not indicating otherwise, it’s possible that the Xbox version is undergoing more code change.
Many gamers are becoming frustrated with their ongoing storage difficulties as file sizes in many games continue to rise as a result of technical improvements. Since the previous generation, total console storage hasn’t increased significantly, and more and more gamers are migrating to digital libraries.
Players with slower connections are finding it tougher to keep up with the continuous stream of patches, especially as titles get more post-launch support and many games, such as Battlefield 2042, move to a live-service model.
However, Watch Dogs: Legion is far from the worst offender. Call of Duty: Warzone receives regular big updates. In contrast, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s download size continues to grow out of control, currently totalling over 200GB and occupying over a third of the PlayStation 5’s storage space. Still, given that Legion isn’t that huge, to begin with, the game’s enormous update size on Xbox Series S/X is particularly perplexing.