The Next Overwatch Update Will Require a Full Reinstall

The next patch for Overwatch may not be ready yet, but we do know one big factor about it: you need to reinstall the game. The company has apparently added on so much content over the past two years that the size of the game has become exponentially bigger, as you may have noticed from your hard drive’s free space on console and PC. So to fix a number of issues, slim the game down, and add more content, the company are going to make you reinstall it entirely.


The next major patch will have some pretty fundamental changes to the game client. The number of back-end changes we’re putting in is substantial enough that we can’t just patch over the current content efficiently. As a result, when the next patch comes out, the client will fully reinstall itself to handle these changes. We know that this isn’t ideal for people on metered connections, so hopefully this announcement helps you prepare for this coming update.

To say that it “isn’t ideal” is an understatement as there are a lot of players who probably aren’t keen on anything over 50GB being dunked onto their monthly internet meter, especially when they already own it. But it does seem like this is a better alternative than to keep adding patch after patch with so many already in the game.

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