Happy Reclamation Day! Or it is for most since buyers of physical copies of Fallout 76 have a less happy surprise in store for them when they start to install Bethesda's latest.
Day one patches are commonplace (sadly) but this one is pretty massive.
As I found out when installing my own copy picked up from a local games retailer, there's a 50.76GB patch to download before you can play. When you look at the breakdown of the install below, it's basically installing the whole game through the download, and only a measly 247MB from the disc.
There is, of course, more data than that on the disc. If you install Fallout 76 while your console is offline you'll get a 43.47GB install from it and you'll be forgiven for thinking all is well and you'll have less to download.
Even doing this you still have to download the full 50.76GB patch. So, unfortunately, we all have to suck it up and get on with it straight away. It does make the disc kind of useless, though. Bethesda could have shipped a code in a box, like PUBG, if this was going to be the thing.
Anyway, end of rant, see you in West Virginia. Just be prepared to wait a while to play if you're on a slower internet connection.
Fallout 76 is available now for Xbox, PC, and PS4 from $60 and requires an Xbox Live Gold subscription to play.
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