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Red Dead Redemption 2 Is A Huge Download

If you're planning on picking up a digital copy of Red Dead Redemption 2 later this month, you might want to clear some hard drive space on your console and plan for a pretty lengthy download. According to VG247, the Xbox One version of the game weighs in at a pretty beefy 88.56 GB. And the PlayStation 4 version of RDR2 is a tad bit larger, totaling 89.2 GB.

Thankfully, preordering the game should provide you the opportunity to preload it, ensuring Rockstar's much-anticipated title is ready to go on release day.

Those who purchase physical copies of the game, however, are out of luck. The install from disc should happen more quickly than a download. The problem is, dual-layer Blu-Ray discs have a maximum capacity of 50 GB. That makes IGN's reporting — that Red Dead Redemption 2's retail release could come on 2 discs — highly plausible.

There may be no installing the game overnight if you plan on buying a physical copy of RDR2. Because, chances are, you'll need to swap discs to finish the process.

The file size of Red Dead Redemption 2 shouldn't come as a shock to anyone who's followed the game. Early looks have shown that a lot of time and effort went into even the tiniest details in the Red Dead world. And reports suggest that RDR2's main campaign — outside of optional side quests and general tomfoolery — could clock in at around 60 hours long.

But all that work hasn't come without a cost. Rockstar Games recently came under fire after one of its co-founders, Dan Houser, suggested that people were working 100-hour weeks on the title. He later clarified, saying that kind of commitment isn't required at the company.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is the follow-up to 2010's critically acclaimed Red Dead Redemption. You can look forward to picking up RDR2 on Oct. 26, 2018.