It’s 2018. We’ve grown accustomed to day-one patches in games. We know we’ll be waiting a little while after we pop in our fresh new game disc before we can play. However, Kingdom Come: Deliverance has upped the ante when it comes to the size of these patches. Before playing Kingdom Come: Deliverance, you’ll have to download and install a whopping 23GB patch! On Australian speeds, you might as well cancel that sick day you had planned to play the game and just let it download while you’re at work.
The patch includes performance, quest, and mechanic improvements which the team pushed after the game had been sent for certification. The news broke on ResetEra, where players screenshot the ridiculous size and download time of the patch to vent their frustrations to the forum.
“The production realities of game development mean that a ‘release’ version has to be finalized some time before the actual release date,” Executive Producer Martin Kilma states. “We could have used this time to get some rest, or we could use it to create some additional content and sell it to you as DLC, but we went back to the version-to-be-released and worked on it. The results are obvious: quests are more balanced, RPG progression is smoother, the game runs faster and every facet of the game got more polish.”
I would rather a big day-one patch than paid DLC, so the words of Kilma are a comfort. However it is understandable that players getting their brand new game are frustrated to have to wait even longer than they are used to.
Originally Kickstarted back in 2014, Kingdom Come: Deliverance has had a long development cycle. The game has launched, and you can check out the launch trailer below!