So It's been announced that Halo Master Chief Collection will be available for digital preorder and preload from today. Taking a direct quote from the announcement is the below and it's not great reading....
From the start, our philosophy has been to give Halo fans the best possible experience and not compromise the quality or features of the collection. The result is that Halo: The Master Chief Collection will take up almost all of the usable space of a single Blu-ray (45 GB), and we will also issue a content update at launch that is estimated to be 20 GB. You’ll be able to start playing Campaign and more as the content is installing, with some features and multiplayer content being added via the update. Yes, the update is large, but we weren’t about to cut corners to save disc space. This ensures that you are getting every bit of Halo goodness we can fit in. Our work is not done, however, as we continue to tune, tweak and optimize the online experience to ensure a smooth multiplayer launch. This will continue right up until launch day.
Now don't get me wrong I am so getting this digitally and have no problems with a preload of the initial game at 45gig but it's a big WTF on the near 20 gig they will have as a release day patch. It's like they're saying your disk is going to be the campaign and your going to download the rest.
This is going to really stuff up midnight releases as who is going to want to go home and wait for another 20 gig to download before jamming out what will be undoubtedly the biggest multplayer experience that's ever been released (by this I mean 100+ maps not games that randomly create their maps or rely on user created content).
Yes I am fully aware that it isn't necessary to wait for the whole patch to download before things will become available but that patch is huge and with them also stating the Spartan Op's missions not being available until December this games likely to be taking up over 15% of your Xbox's hard drive.
Soo in saying this there's now a argument for potentially forgoing buying on another market so that at Midnight you can start the patching process and wake up to a game good and ready to play. I for one won't do the above due to budgetary restraints but would think others will possibly do this.
What's everyone's thoughts on this???