Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a hotly-anticipated RPG from Warhorse Studios that promises realism worthy of a true medieval European experience. If you pick up the game tomorrow, however, you'll notice a hitch that's as modern as single-serve juice press packets: An enormous day-one download.
Earlier today, our kinfolk over at Eurogamer discovered the PlayStation 4 version of the game requires a 28.7 GB download before it's ready to play. The PC version received a Steam notice for a 20 GB download (which should be part of the initial download after launch.
Warhorse executive producer Martin Klima addressed the big, big files over on the ResetEra forums. Long story short, the patch includes a lot of last-minute balancing and spit-and-polish. In turn, many of those tweaks require old data to be replaced.
"The production realities of game development mean that a 'release' version has to be finalised some time before the actual release date," Klima says. "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," he continues. "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!"
Well, gigantic day-one patches are more common now than plague rats were in the 14th century. Why not engage in some realistic medieval pastimes while you wait for your download to complete? Digging a few latrine pits ought to get you in the mood. Don't bother asking your landlord first. Just surprise them.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance comes to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC tomorrow (February 13). For more, check out our Kingdom Come: Deliverance guide.