As we already know, the world of Destiny 2 is getting smaller. Bungie is cutting out a lot of old content for the upcoming Beyond Light expansion in November. One upside to this is that the overall game installation will take up much less space on our drives.
In a blog post, Bungie has outlined a huge number of changes ranging from ‘re-lighting’ portions of the EDZ and Nessus to a rebuild of the character face system. They also talk about the installation size becoming much smaller.
We revamped our content building and patching pipeline for speed and install size. With the tremendous size of Destiny, our complete shippable content builds were frequently taking north of 24 hours. We made investments to bring that down to sub-12 hours, which resulted in a bunch of changes to our content and patching formats. We also took on work to allow us to cull content that we’ve upgraded or replaced – our previous patching system had limited capabilities here (due to trying to minimize patch sizes and other constraints), and the current Destiny 2 install has a significant amount of accreted ‘dead’ content (e.g. assets in the base install that were replaced in later patches).bungie.net
The install size is expected to shrink by around 30-40%. This will put the total install size of Destiny 2 around 71Gb. The downside of this is that we will need to re-download the entire game before playing after the expansion drops.