Huge Kingdom Come Deliverance Patch Day-One Basically Replaces The Entire Retail Game

Kingdom Come Deliverance Patch 1.4.2

A rather gigantic Kingdom Come Deliverance patch is available now in all regions, and its developer has now explained why the day-one update weighs in this large.

Out due tomorrow for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, those playing the retail version will be forced to download a 23GB update – basically the size of the entire game on disc.

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As expected, many haven’t been too excited with this decision from developer Warhose, and executive producer Martin Klima decided to provide some reasoning behind this rather large day-one patch.

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!”

Marketing manager at Deep Silver, Will Powers, later provided some additional details about the update, and according to Powers, the update basically replaces all of the existing files.

“So, let me stop the rumor mill dead in its tracks before everyone continues jumping to conclusions. The way that I’ve been told that the engine works, is it takes the entire game and separates the PKG or ISO into 2GB archives. If during a patch you so much as alter a 1KB text file within any of these 2GB archives, then you need to reupload the ENTIRE 2GB portion. That beings said, this is a major patch that improves overarching mechanics throughout the game, so it touches almost all of these 2GB archives in the entire game build. Essentially you are having to redownload the game to replace the existing files. It shouldn’t stack them and inflate on your harddrive, but rather replace the previously downloaded build files.

1.01 is a tiny compliance patch. 1.02 is the large patch that addresses and balances features across the entire game. Both are live right now on consoles.”

With 23gb day-one updates clocking in on our system, it might be a good idea to go digital after all.

Kingdom Come Deliverance is slated for a release on PC and consoles tomorrow. You'll find our very own preview of the game right here.

As covered earlier, the game will be receiving a Game of Thrones Total conversion mod once it releases.

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