Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 is out today, and fans are finding something strange upon popping the disc into their disc tray on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Turns out Tony Hawk's latest game has a massive day one patch: 7.7 GB. That's big sure, but it's not among the largest patches we've seen recently. What's truly bizarre is that the day one patch for the title is nearly twice the size of the game's install size, which clocks in at 4.6 GB.
What's not exactly clear is why. Reports are circulating that the initial install includes the park creator tool and a tutorial for the game, with everything else being added in the day one patch. That would certainly explain the patch's huge size, but so far, it hasn't been confirmed if that is the case.
If it is, that means players without Internet access who purchase the title won't have access to the majority of the game's features. The patch's size might also have to do with the game's late-in-development visual changes, which went from a realistic look to a more cel-shaded art style only a few weeks away from launch.
Though the developers say Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 now runs at a higher framerate, it certainly doesn't look all that impressive, resembling something closer to an iPad game. Or maybe the patch is so big because the game was so glitchy, the developers needed 7 GB of fixes in order to make it playable.
Normally, publishers will release review copies of a new game to the press ahead of time for review purposes, but that's not the case with Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5. Usually, that in and of itself is a sign of a publisher's lack of confidence in a title, believing negative review scores ahead of a game's release will damage sales.
As a result, no reviews are currently available for the game, but considering Activision's complete lack of confidence in the title and its gigantic day one patch, something tells us you probably shouldn't have confidence in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5, either. If nothing else, at least the soundtrack seems decent. Expect more details soon.