A new update is heading to Sea of Thieves (opens in new tab) next month and will reduce the overall installation size of the game on your hard drive.
The update is (ironically) going to be larger than usual, requiring a complete reinstallation of the game, but this means that future updates and patches will be faster and easier to apply for players. You can check out the trailer above.
"What this means is that overall, the game install size will go down." explains Joe Neate, executive producer of Sea of Thieves. "[The update] ultimately means the game install size goes down so it takes up less space on your hard drive and we have much more control over the patch process, going forward."
Neate goes on to explain that while the size of future patches may slightly increase, the overall space that the game takes up on your system won't increase to any significant degree. The current installation size of Sea of Thieves on PC is 47GB—this is expected to drop to 27GB following the update.
So while having to do a complete reinstall of the game to implement the new update may be a little inconvenient, the 20GB that will be freed up—not to mention the overall space you'll save in the future—seems like a fair deal.
The update (opens in new tab) is due on February 6, so if you were planning on rushing home from work and jumping straight into Sea of Thieves on that day, you may want to allow for the time it will take to do a complete reinstall.