Next Overwatch patch is big and requires full reinstall

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According to Blizzard, a full reinstallation of Overwatch will be required on the next major patch.

Blizzard said that the upcoming Overwatch update for the multiplayer shooter will make big changes to the game client across PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

This massive update is considered by Blizzard as a remaster patch. Some of the significant changes are improved load times, and reduced hard drive imprint of the PlayStation 4 (PS4) version.

Overwatch was released in May 2016, and it is one of the big shooter games that’s small in size. Overwatch needs around 30 GB of hard drive space for installation.

But Blizzard has warned Overwatch players that a big Overwatch download is coming.

As of this writing, there’s no official release date yet for when the major patch is coming out.

Hey folks,

We wanted to get ahead of this early and let you all know what to expect with our next big patch. We don’t currently have a release date/time with this, but will update this thread once we do.

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.

Thanks for your patience with this matter, and we’ll see you all in game!

– Draculoth, Blizzard Customer Support