Saturday, December 28, 2013

[Guide] Remove unwanted localization files in Crysis 3 to free up disk space

Even though the prices of SSDs are coming down, they are still an order of magnitude more expensive than regular mechanical hard drives. Hence you don’t want to put unnecessary data on your SSD. You would want to maximize the utility of the storage space. Even if you only have a regular HDD, why would you want to keep unnecessary files on it? You could store something more important in that space.

Today when I checked what was using up the space in my SSD, I found out that there were some huge files in the Crysis 3 install directory. They were related to localization, which means those files contained the different language inside the game. Now, I only use English, so I don’t want Chinese or Friend or Spanish language files. I will never be using them.

Localization_2013-12-28_20-13-11

If you look at the Properties pane on the right hand side of the above Window, you will see that the files other than the English language files are using up 3.55GB space. That a huge lot of space.

At first I wanted to just delete them, thinking that they won’t be required by the game. But just to play it safe, I moved those files to somewhere else and loaded up the game. It worked fine. I wasn’t still sure how it would work out, so I played a couple of games. Everything worked perfectly. So I deleted them.

I couldn’t find a place to change the localization inside the game. After browsing the web, I found out that you had to change it in the system.cfg file inside the game’s directory.

; crysis3
sys_game_folder=c3
sys_user_folder=Crysis3
sys_languages=english,french,spanish,german,turkish,italian,czech,chineset
g_language=english
g_SkipIntro = 1

I changed the sys_languages property to “english”, deleting rest of the languages. It wasn’t necessary, but I felt that it was the way to do it.

; crysis3
sys_game_folder=c3
sys_user_folder=Crysis3
sys_languages=english
g_language=english
g_SkipIntro = 1

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