Star Wars Jedi: Survivor seems to require a download for physical versions

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor screenshot

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor's PS5 box states ‘Download required’, seemingly indicating that the physical disc might not contain all the data needed to run the game.


As highlighted by a user on Reddit, physical copies of Star Wars Jedi: Survivor on PlayStation 5 seem to require a download.

Survivor is, of course, the sequel to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, developed by Respawn, set to be released for PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X/S on 28th April. But days ahead of its much-anticipated launch, a Reddit image shows a Jedi Survivor PS5 box with the words ‘Download required’ on the front cover. The PS5 version has already been confirmed to take up nearly 148 GB of space, with the Xbox Series X and PC versions being similarly massive, at 140 GB and 155 GB, respectively.

A PS5 Blu-Ray disc can only hold a maximum of around 100 GB of data, so it appears that the retail version requires the user to download the remaining portion of the game onto their console. Publisher EA has yet to make a statement on the issue, however, so we don’t know for sure how big this download will be. We also don’t know for sure whether the Xbox versions will require a download of their own.

The news means that, potentially, players without an internet connection might not have access to the full game. A similar case occurred in 2021, when the physical version of Halo: Infinite was shipped with incomplete game data. It’s a worrying trend in terms of game preservation, since physical discs are essentially rendered useless without the ability to download the remaining data.

For more on Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, take a look at our breakdown of the story trailer.

Read more: Video Game Heritage Society | The future of game preservation? 

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