Patch 1.2 for Kingdom Come Deliverance has finally been released on Xbox One, after a delay or two. Owners of Microsoft’s console were hoping the update would finally fix the issues that have been plaguing the game since launch, like quest-breaking bugs, save corrupting and such. Instead, a number of players have started reporting that things have actually gotten worse since they downloaded the patch.
If you haven’t still downloaded the patch, you can try to disconnect the console from the internet. That will block the update from installing, but there’s no guarantee the game will actually work.
Most of the reports focus on the fact that performance has gotten worse, while also lowering the level of detail. Loading distances for textures and models have been decreased significantly, which means people and objects have a habit of appearing in front of you out of thin air. Some players have been complaining about the color of the foliage, saying it looks fake now, which probably has to do with shadows (shadows are a big part of what makes objects look good, and also a terrible resource hog). Add to that crashes while fast traveling and low framerates, and you’ve got yourself a treat.
If you can turn a blind eye to graphical issues, you probably won’t be able to ignore the fact that lockpicking seems to be even harder in the post-patch version. According to various posts on Reddit and the game’s forum, it seems like the circle indicator has been made more stable, but with less room for error. The lockpicks break much more easily, making for an overall more frustrating experience.
Hopefully the Xbox crowd won’t have to wait another two weeks for a patch to clean up the mess this one made.