Killzone: Shadow Fall Will Be Playable Once You've Downloaded the First Level
Posted by Sammy Barker
It's a kind of magic
Don’t you just love technology? While current generation consoles make downloading games a right old faff – notable exceptions notwithstanding – the PlayStation 4 will make it easier and quicker than a microwave dinner. Speaking as part of yesterday’s Killzone: Shadow Fall trailer, Guerrilla Games revealed that you’ll only have to pull down the first level of the shooter before you can start playing.
“You're going to download a chunk of the game, get the menu and the first level, and while you're playing the first level we can start downloading the second in the background,” said technical director Michiel van der Leeuw. "Then the third and so on."
Of course, as Eurogamer.net points out, this kind of feature may be much easier to implement in a strictly linear first-person shooter. It will be interesting to see how an open world game such as inFAMOUS: Second Son, for example, handles the functionality. We suspect that the initial download will be much bigger in that instance.
Still, if digital downloads are to become the preferred method of content consumption moving forward, it’s up to platform holders such as Sony to make the process as prompt as possible. This solution may not be as instantaneous as popping in a disc, but it’s a lot better than staring at a progress bar for a 30GB file.