The most common approach for RPG games to release a DLC is usually to find something for the story expansion or experiment with spin-off quests and new combat options. The approach for Kingdom Come Deliverance has inspiration from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim to some extent. It has also given the developers interesting options to experiment with the gameplay and setting while enhancing the content presented in the main story quest.
The first DLC title is ‘From The Ashes’ and you will soon find out why. This DLC will need you to pass a certain point in the story, which is after the town of Pribyslavitz gets taken down. You will undertake the task to rebuild this town and this requires a lot of patience and grinding. If you are already invested in the world, this might seem like a good idea at first. It is still a challenging optional content that is rewarding if you put some time into it, but otherwise, it can also be completely ignored.
My issue with the implementation is that it feels rather arbitrary. If you have finished the game, I find it hard to recommend in getting this DLC. If you haven’t played the game, this will add a good chunk of content in the later stages of the story. Since this requires some ideal condition to carry the most impact, there is less appeal in it for those who want to return to the world of Kingdom Come Deliverance.
The introduction to ‘From The Ashes’ begins with the rebuilding of the town of Pribyslavitz. There is plenty of combat in the start as the first task deals with clearing the land of bandits that are roaming in it. These bandits are challenging to defeat if you don’t have the necessary skills to combat them yet, so make sure you are ready to defeat them before starting with this quest. After the introduction, you will have to deal with the real grinding, which is usually for the money that is necessary to rebuild most of the locations in this town.
Money is not easy to come and will take you a long amount of time to get the required amount, however, the trick here is to have some patience and wait. You can keep playing with the story while making sure to allocate some of your coins to the rebuilding of Pibyslavitz. This will make sure that you have enough money to build the key locations and once you start this journey, it gradually becomes easier. It will need some motivation to do so in the start, and this is why I said that this DLC is a major hurdle for others since the initial difficulty and grinding nature of it are not going to work well for everyone.
So what’s the reward in going through this hassle of creating a town from scratch? There is no satisfying answer here except that you can consider this an investment that will eventually pay back the money you spent on it, and then some. You will be able to start making a profit from the town and this helps you get some of the items in the late game. It is not exactly an ideal scenario but good enough for those who want a different type of content from the game.
Coming to the conclusion, while the price of the DLC and the content is reasonable, it just doesn’t mesh well with the rest of the game. Not only is it entirely optional, it feels more like an experiment than a proper expansion to the game. I will only recommend getting it if you haven’t played Kingdom Come Deliverance and don’t have any issue with this new aspect of the DLC. If you don’t like managing and rebuilding a town, there is no reason to get this one.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance – From The Ashes Review (PS4)
Game Reviewed on: PS4
Game description: The first DLC for Kingdom Come: Deliverance introduces an entirely new type of adventure! You have an opportunity to participate in building a new village from the ground up and experience first-hand what it was like to create a new settlement.
An interesting experiment for a DLC. It is a flawed experience but it can still be fun. This will be quite challenging for newcomers but if you take your time with it, chances are that you will end up loving it.