No one was expecting a patch for Kingdom Come: Deliverance to arrive on consoles for several more weeks. In fact, Warhorse Studios specifically talked about the long lead time to get patches out on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, as compared to the Steam version on PC. So many gamers were surprised when Kingdom Come: Deliverance 1.03 suddenly appeared in their download queue on their PlayStation 4. Perhaps even shockingly, the patch weighs in at a massive 16GB!
You might be expecting a huge number of changes, given the update’s size, but you’d be wrong. The listed patch notes include:
- Stealth and Stealth Kills adjusted
- People now get dirty more gradually
- Additional quest bugs fixed
- Various optimizations
While tweaks to stealth and dirtiness of folks is certainly appreciated, one can only hope that the various optimizations and quest bug fixes are numerous.
Why So Big?
16GB is rather large for an update. It’s essentially the full game all over again, and Deep Silver’s Will Powers offered up an explanation to ResetEra:
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.
Well, there you have it. A 16GB patch doesn’t sound ideal, but it should hopefully improve things for PlayStation 4 gamers. Those on Xbox One will have to keep waiting, and PC gamers are already way ahead of the game. For helpful guides and tips, be sure to visit our Kingdom Come: Deliverance Guide Hub.