Thank you for multi-language support. Now please let me choose not to install it.

Posted: October 14, 2014 by ryanlecocq in Off-topic

One thing many of us go on and on about in the Steam forums is install size.  Whether it’s large, poorly compressed movies like in Final Fantasy XIII or just a really poorly formatted game, users can’t stand games that take up a lot of space.  Recently though, the biggest culprit has been the inclusion of every language under the sun, regardless of if you need them.  Even games that don’t require you to install all of them will usually make you download them initially so the installer can ask you.  Not everyone has a fiber connection, so downloading 60GB games is a real hassle.

I bring this up because one such game is The Evil Within, just released yesterday.  I have a fast connection, so my preload was done in plenty of time.  Other people on the forums were not so lucky.  One user I saw was using a 1.5Mbps DSL connection and didn’t expect to be playing before tomorrow.  It’s actually pretty difficult to get physical copies of the newest PC games in many places, so for many, slow downloads are the only option.

This seems to me like a huge oversight on the part of publishers and to a lesser extent Valve.  Language content or other optional installs could be chosen when initially downloading in Steam and not part of game installation.  It would require changes in the way the games are installed, but that has happened in the past on the service.  For example all Steam games are now required to keep save content in the Steam folder, to make backups easier.  In the past games that used Games for Windows, UPlay or other third party services would often save your game in other places.  People complained and Valve made it a standard across the service.  Hopefully that will be the case here as well.

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