Due to a confusing and opaque updating process, Xbox One players are still trying to figure out how their version of Kingdom Come: Deliverance compares to the one on PS4 and PC. Mixed messages from developer Warhorse Studios don’t seem to be helping.
The newly released game made waves earlier this week due to an over 20GB day one patch scheduled to download when the game launched on February 14. PC and PS4 owners got the patch on day one, while Xbox One owners claimed it never arrived, despite a statement from the development team that all of the patches had gone out. “We are aware of the bugs that could happen and working hard on fixing them,” said Rick, Kingdom Come’s US Community Manager, on Reddit. “Steam has the latest patch already, console owners will get this patch (1.0.3 for PS4, 22.214.171.124 Xbox) ASAP.” He added that the next patch to continue fixing issues would arrive within a couple weeks.
Xbox One players reported checking their current version of the game and finding it to be 126.96.36.199, implying the day one patch had not yet gone through. Rick later explained that discrepancies between version numbers were simply due to them being labeled differently depending on the territory they were for. “The version numbers can seem confusing, but they can be different based on location,” he said in a later comment. “All platforms have the day 1 patch.”
Many players remained unconvinced, however, or at the very least confused. They believe some features in Kingdom Come are available on PS4 and PC currently but not Xbox One, like the ability to draw a bow while in stealth mode, i.e. crouching. Unfortunately, without easy to locate patch notes for each platform to make any differences explicit it’s hard to tell if these features were part of the day one patch or another patch, further confusing the status of the Xbox version. Matters weren’t helped by some confusing tweets put out by Warhorse’s Twitter account that shifted tenses, seeming to imply the patch was coming soon, and then out, but then actually not yet out. In response to questions on Twitter, Xbox Support referred people back to a recent developer tweet that does little to clear things up. Kotaku has reached out to Warhorse Studios for more clarification.
Currently, the issue appears to be that while both consoles did get their promised day one patch, features like being able to use a bow and arrow while crouching still aren’t working for some Xbox One players. Daniel Vávra, the game’s creative director, said today on Twitter that while a version 1.0.3 had already passed certification and been distributed to PS4, a week one update for the Xbox One version of the game is “still in progress.”
On PC, the game remains plagued with bugs as well as some more fundamental gameplay issues. But at least updates seem to be rolling out there the quickest.
[Update - 4:00pm, 2/19/18] Warhorse today published an explanation of the game’s patching process and schedule across all three platforms in an effort to clear up any remaining confusion from launch week. The Xbox One version is currently one update behind both PC and PS4, although major changes like the ability to shoot arrows while in stealth was in part of the Xbox One’s day one update:
Day 1 patch – Version 1.1 This was available on all platforms on Day 1. This is also the version the game was reviewed on (unless the reviewer declined the patch, which, sadly, some did…) These are the release notes:
- Addition of multiple new events to the open world
- Massive improvement in dialogue animations
- Gaining money and experience is rebalanced
- Weapon and armor stats are rebalanced
- General combat improvements
- Improved NPC reaction time
- Sound propagation adjusted
- Archery is now possible in stealth mode
- Improved Persuasion UI
- Plus numerous other bug fixes and improvements
Week 1 patch – Version 1.2 We actually managed to squeeze this patch into Steam on Day 1, which caused major confusion on other platforms as to whether they actually received the Day 1 patch or not. This patch was later released on PlayStation on 15.2. and should pass certification on Xbox very soon. These are the release notes:
- Stealth and Stealth kills adjustment
- People now get dirty more gradually
- Additional quest bugs fixed
- Various optimizations