It looks like the next id Software game is going to be really big. While no one is sure yet if that also means big sales numbers, but the actual software size itself is large. While delivering the keynote at last week’s annual QuakeCon, id co-founder John Carmack revealed the rather rotund shape of their new first-person shooter, “Rage.” If you thought “L.A. Noire” had a large install, hold on to your extra Xbox 360 hard drive.
When “Rage” releases in October, Xbox 360 owners will have to make a decision. It’s not a decision entirely unique to “Rage,” but it will obviously be affected by the amount available space on your hard drive. According to Carmack, the game will release with a gigantic 22-gigabyte install size.
“L.A. Noire” released on the Xbox 360 on three separate discs, each disc containing around 6.6-gigabytes of data. Strangely, “Rage” is even bigger, but will apparently release on two discs for Xbox 360 (one blu-ray for PlayStation 3).
“On the 360 we don’t have a partial install option; it’s all or nothing, which is kind of unfortunate,” Carmack said during the QuakeCon keynote. “It means you have to install 21 or 22GB of stuff, which takes a long time, but if you’ve got it and you play it on the 360 that’s the way to go.”
So to reiterate, it’s not a mandatory install. As any 360 owner knows, you have the option to install a game to your system’s hard drive. When a game’s installed, it generally runs better – quieter, too – and it seems like Carmack is insinuating that “Rage” will perform better on the 360 if it’s installed.