Rare, the devel­op­ers behind the Xbox exclu­sive Sea of Thieves, announced the game will have a major over­haul com­ing. It’s so big that it’s going to require you rein­stall the entire game.

Joe Neate, the exec­u­tive pro­duc­er at Rare’s stu­dio, informed the play­er base of he rein­stall in a blog post on the Sea of Thieves web­site.The post stat­ed the update would be released on Feb­ru­ary 6th and will “great­ly reduce the game’s over­all install size.”

Below are the install size improvents com­ing in the future:

  • Xbox One – from an install size of 35GB to 10GB 
  • Xbox One X – from an install size of 47GB to 25GB 
  • Win­dows 10 PC – from an install size of 47GB to 27GB

Mr. Neate also gave a cou­ple rea­sons for such dras­tic alter­ations:

  • Changes to how we gen­er­ate game updates/patches will bet­ter enable us to man­age future con­tent being added to the game. This might mean that patch sizes increase slight­ly in the future, but the ben­e­fit is that the game install size won’t increase sig­nif­i­cant­ly. If we didn’t make this change, the game install size would con­tin­ue to increase, tak­ing up more and more of your hard dri­ve space. 
  • Due to the game install chang­ing, we’ll be able to more quick­ly gen­er­ate and trans­fer builds which is a sig­nif­i­cant part of day-to-day devel­op­ment inter­nal­ly at Rare. It’ll mean improve­ments to var­i­ous areas of our devel­op­ment process, includ­ing how quick­ly we can gen­er­ate builds and ship them to play­ers. 

How­ev­er, the fact the com­pa­ny had the fore­sight to inform it’s play­er base of this over­haul. It’s a step in the right direc­tion and makes quite a state­ment to oth­er devel­op­ers: Respect the play­ers.

Rare will be remind­ing peo­ple, every week, about these changes through thi­er Devel­op­er Update videos and thi­er var­i­ous social media chan­nels.

Source: Rare