Warhorse Studios’ executive producer, Martin Klima, has explained why Kingdom Come: Deliverance has a huge 20GB+ day-one update.
According to Kilma, the team decided to continue working on the game after the release build was finalized, instead of taking time off or working on new content. As a result, most of the data in the old build was replaced and must be downloaded again for the changes to take effect.
“The production realities of game development mean that a ‘release’ version has to be finalized some time before the actual release date,” he wrote in a post on ResetEra. “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!”
The game puts players in the shoes of Henry, the son of a blacksmith. who is thrust into a raging civil war after his friends and family are slaughtered.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance launches tomorrow, February 13th, for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.