“Hold it, Snake. Time to change the disc.”
Japanese packaging for Rockstar’s highly-anticipated open-world western surfaced earlier this week, and one part of the box very quickly garnered attention. On the back cover near the game’s install size and other things like that, there is an icon indicating the game has 2 discs.
Earlier today, Canadian YouTuber Kofi tweeted photos of a retail copy of Red Dead Redemption 2, which has two discs, one labeled “play disc” and the other labeled “data disc”. He also states that the game comes with a map, a Rockstar tradition. Some fans were worried that the map would be tied to the game’s Special Edition this time around, but luckily, this seems to not be the case.
Double and even triple disc games aren’t new in the games industry, but ever since Blu-Ray has been adopted as the standard, almost every game has been able to fit on one disc. The only two games to come on multiple discs this generation are Gears of War 4 and XCOM 2 Collection, both of which require the second disc for installation purposes only. It looks like Red Dead Redemption 2 will function the same way.
Last gen games came on multiple discs all the time, usually on the 360. GTA V came on two discs. So did Assassin’s Creed III and Halo 4. Final Fantasy XIII and Blue Dragon came on three discs. Lost Odyssey came on four. But those were standard DVDs. Red Dead 2 is coming on two Blu-Rays, and considering the game supposedly weighs in at a heft 100GB, it’s no surprise the game wouldn’t fit on just one.
I can’t wait to stare at an install screen for an hour on release day.