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Kingdom Come: Deliverance receives another massive patch during launch week

Broken quests, framerate issues will require at least another two weeks to address

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Creative director Daniel Vávra spent plenty of time with historical European martial arts (HEMA) practitioners in the lead-up to the release of Kingdom Come: Deliverance. You can read more about the research that went into the game in our feature story.
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Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

The team at Warhorse Studios is working as fast as it can to patch its newly released role-playing game, Kingdom Come: Deliverance. That means another massive patch is rolling out today on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Daniel Vávra, the studio’s creative director, went to Twitter earlier this week to detail the patches that are on the way. This began before the game had even launched: PlayStation 4 users reported encountering a 23 GB update on Feb. 9, which had to be downloaded on launch day, Feb. 14, to get the game to run. That data was part of the initial install of the game on Steam.

However, when Polygon booted the game up again on PS4 today, we encountered a second update totaling nearly 16 GB. For those who have their pencils and scorecards handy, that’s 39 GB of data you’ll have downloaded if you’re playing Kingdom Come on PS4 this week.

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Vávra says that the Xbox One patch should likewise be on the way soon, and that the PC update should have already gone out. Ours finished quietly this morning.

So why are these updates so large? Warhorse said that it’s because of how the data is structured, and that even subtle changes require users to overwrite entire 2 GB “archives” at a time. Publisher Deep Silver’s senior manager of marketing and public relations, Will Powers, likened it to “the re-download of that entire section of the game” in a thread on ResetEra.

The next big update should go to Sony and Microsoft for validation some time in the next two weeks, and will deal with “quest bugs and other issues like frame drops” Vávra said.

Currently, user reviews of the game on Steam are mostly positive, with many of the negative ones citing the same issues that Warhorse’s Vávra says the team is trying to fix. Some bugs, however, are bringing the director some small measure of amusement.

Additional reporting by Dave Tach.