Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a painstakingly detailed and often brutally unforgiving Medieval RPG that won a great deal of acclaim on its release. Playing through the main game was an enjoyable immersion into the Holy Roman Empire so when we heard about more content on the way we rushed to review the new DLC.
From The Ashes is the new DLC for Kingdom Come: Deliverance and it released for PS4, Xbox One and PC on July 5th. Unlike the usual DLC fare this expansion does not offer a new storyline with exciting new missions and interesting new characters. This is a different kind of challenge. From The Ashes is an expansion that allows you to take control of rebuilding Pribyslavitz, a sacked village which you clear of bandits in the main game. This results in a building and finance managment minigame within the main plot of Kingdom Come: Deliverance. Since I had finished the game for my review I had to load my very last save before the final cutscene but there were no issues with the DLC gameplay if you choose to load up in this fashion. It has no plot continuity issues either for the most part.
You’re initially tasked with heading to Talmberg, one of the larger towns, where one of the nobles has a task for you. It turns out Sir Divish is looking to rebuild Pribyslavitz and he has sent his locator to survey the land. Unfortunately he hasn’t reported back so you get sent to find him. After rescuing the locator, Marius, from some unsavoury circumstances you take a look at the ruins to determine what could be built where. This was actually quite a nice moment as you retread ground that was extremely hard fought in the main game. Clearing Pribyslavitz of the bandit army is an amazing chapter of KCD and going over that ground in peace was kind of surreal.
After everything is surveyed you get a visit from Sir Divish who grants you the rank of Baliff of Pribyslavitz. This makes you the protector of the village and responsible for its prosperity. While you will receive revenue from the town’s profits it is also up to you to rebuild everything out of your own pocket. This is where the DLC gets you hooked in for another bunch of hours as you find ways to come up with what is reportedly 100,000 Groschen (basically gold coins) to fully finish the village. This type of expansion reminds me a great deal of the Skyrim DLC Hearthfire as well as the village management parts of Mount & Blade. It doesn’t add any narrative content to the game but, if you like this style of activity, it does add hours and hours of gameplay onto the experience.
I must say the exorbitant costs of construction along with the long journeys required to secure resources make it quite satisfying to raise up new buildings. I ended my main game play through with about 20k in coin and I figured this would be enough to give me a flying start but after building a couple of new structures I was cleaned out. I actually quite liked this as it gave me a reason to get back out into the world and start thieving again! COming up with thousands and thousands of groschen is no mean feat so it really makes this open, detailed world all the more interesting as I hunted for valuables to snag.
On the other hand there are some issues with this expansion I should go over. My main complaint is that the ruined church that dominates the village centre still looks quite shoddy, from the outside, after you renovate it. It’s ostensibly the centrepiece of the whole landscape and I was hoping it would end up as a domineering cathedral but it’s not quite there. Also you never end up with a nice house for yourself. After spending untold thousands on Pribyslavitz I was hoping to have a modestly sized home to decorate and store my loot in. Lastly the citizens of Pribyslavitz don’t treat you with any extra respect despite the fact that you are the Baliff of the town. It’s a minor point but so much of this game is dedicated to creating a sense of immersion that I was surprised this was overlooked. That being said I have to reccomend this DLC to anyone who enjoyed the main game as it gives you another reason to get back into it.