Kingdom Come: Deliverance – From the Ashes DLC Review

It’s time to take a trip back to Kingdom Come: Deliverance‘s medieval Bohemia. Warhorse Studios first DLC for this epic RPG, From the Ashes, sees Henry in charge of the rebuilding of Pribislavitz. Rebuilding a town is no small feat. In theory, this seems like a perfect addition to the game, but does it work out that way in reality? Let’s put on our “town builder” hat and find out.

First things first though, if players want to access the content of the DLC, they must first complete the Kingdom Come: Deliverance main story quest “Baptism of Fire”. Why is this? Well, super minor * Spoiler * it takes place in Pribislavitz, the very town that From the Ashes lets you rebuild. Once that quest has been completed players can go talk to Sir Divish in Talmberg to start their new journey. After a trip to the top of the map and a little bit of rescuing Henry is just about ready to start, he just needs to wait for Sir Divish to make a visit to his former village that now lies in ruin.

Mo Money, Mo Problems

Once the good Sir graces Henry with his presence, he informs him that he wants Henry to be the Bailiff of Pribislavitz and oversee the rebirth of the village. Then he casually drops an M. Night Shyamalan-like twist on him, he’s not paying for the construction, Henry is. “U WOT M8?” or whatever the medieval Bohemian equivalent of that response would be (probably just groveling and bending over…) would be well justified, but Sir Divish graciously says you can keep all the profits from the rebuilt town for 5 years. Gee thanks, maybe he did find out what I’ve been up to with his wife. Anyway, it is right at this very point that the DLC experience diverges wildly based on Henry’s current level of wealth.

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If you are sitting on a good 50k or more of coin, then rebuilding this place is not going to be an issue. There is, of course, the matter of procuring materials, workers, and artisans to populate the town. That will take time, but not nearly as much as it might take to raise 50k if you happen to be at that exact point in Kingdom Come: Deliverance where the DLC begins. There is also the small matter of doing Bailiff things, but * potential spoiler * telling people where to poop and where not to isn’t all that time-consuming. He did say he was holding it for a few days, so maybe upgrade that minor spoiler to a much larger coiler… err spoiler.

It’s the Climb

Rather conveniently or inconveniently, in this case, my 2nd playthrough ended just about where the DLC starts. This meant that I was going to have to raise the coin the old fashioned way, fast traveling through the woods and hoping to be jumped by a lone, well equipped Cuman that I could hopefully stealth kill, don’t want to damage the armor too much, loot and sell for a big profit. This could, of course, lead to a good old-fashioned grind. It does not have to be that way though, as simply playing through will inevitably bring more and more income. Bringing everything to a screeching halt to get the tasks done will probably kill most of the enjoyment factor here.

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Overall, the appeal of Kingdom Come: Deliverance – From the Ashes might heavily depend on where you are in the game. This certainly is not end-level content. It is somewhere in the middle and when played through, it flows pretty naturally as yet another set of tasks that need to be done. Dumping money into it, for the prospect of a larger future return does seem a bit silly though. If you can afford it all right from the start then you probably don’t need even more cash flow. There is also the matter of the town being situated in part of the map that is of little use. Sure that makes some sense, where else would you put it, well Skalitz is pretty burnt down, next door, and holds a little more significance, but historically was never rebuilt. Anyway, the appeal of the DLC will indeed vary based on your current point in the game, in the right area of progression, it’s a fairly solid addition. For those at the end, this probably isn’t going to be the most enthralling. Hopefully, future DLC adds some more reason for end game players so it may have more importance.

*** A PC code was provided by the publisher ***