If you’re planning on playing Kingdom Come: Deliverance tonight or tomorrow and are excited for your day one purchase, you might want to change your plans. The game will have a massive 24GB day one patch.
Martin Klima, Executive Producer at Warhorse Studios, shared a statement on why the patch is so large via Deep Silver PR guy Will Powers on the cess-pool that is ResetERA:
Four years after our Kickstarter campaign, our game is set to be released tomorrow. The task was really big and our team although still quite small and we always wanted to deliver, to create the game we wanted and we believed you wanted. Before talking about some background, all of us at Warhorse would like to thank our community, the backers and friends who helped us to bring this dream to life by giving us the chance to develop what we believe is a unique RPG experience!
The production realities of game development mean that a ‘release’ version has to be finalized some time before the actual release date. 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. The drawback of course is that most of the data in the old build was replaced and has to be downloaded as a patch. At a hefty size, it’s going to take some time to download and it’s a shame. Still, we strongly believe that after four years wait it will pay off to wait a little bit longer while the Day 1 patch is downloading. Trust me, it will deliver the awesome experience YOU deserve!
It sucks, but at least they seized the opportunity to make the game better even if it does mean most of the data on the old build had to be completely replaced via the patch. So prepare yourself for the possibly very lengthy patch download depending on how fast your internet connection is, and temper your expectations. Don’t expect to pick up the retail version and immediately start playing it (though you can if you aren’t connected to the internet to download the patch, but then I don’t know why you’d be so impatient as to start playing an apparently inferior version of the game).
The patch notes include:
- Addition of multiple new events to the open world.
- Massive improvement in dialogue animations.
- Gaining money and experience is rebalanced.
- Weapon and armour stats are rebalanced.
- General combat improvements.
- Improved NPC reaction time.
- Sound propagation adjusted.
- Archery is now possible in stealth mode.
- Improved Persuasion UI.
- Plus numerous other bug fixes and improvements.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance releases February 13th for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.