After sinking nearly 90 hours into Kingdom Come: Deliverance and finally reaching the end and completing the majority of the side quests, I was left with more questions than answers. The ending felt more like something you could expect from 2-part episode of your favorite TV show instead of the end of a video game.
However, it was planned this way all along. Or, at least for the past year or so.
In a thread on Reddit from last year, the official US community manager for Warhorse Studios (Rick5292) replied to an inquiry about the original act-based setup for KC:D. Originally, it was planned to have 3 separate acts that ultimately tell Henry’s story; but that idea was axed after Warhorse Studios realized that what they were building was going to be much larger than just Act 1, so they made Deliverance consist of both acts 1 and 2 with act 3 coming later on as a sequel.
So, the ending in Deliverance isn’t technically the ending. In fact, it might just be the beginning considering the entire sequal will be telling the events of act 3. What will happen during act 3 is up for debate at this stage, but I’m going to assume you’ll be getting your sword back at the very least and probably running into Markvart Von Auliz. Two things that do not happen in acts 1 or 2.
Personally, I really disliked the ending of Deliverance. The final battle for Talmberg was way too easy and it was over before I even realized it had started; I mean, aside from the 5-6 fetch quests you’re given leading up to it. Once the battle (siege?) is over, you ride to Skalitz to pick up Lord Radzig who had been held captive in Talmberg, enjoy a nice 2-person ride on a horse (Templar style) and then the credits roll.
From there, the epilogue starts and now it’s a matter of taking a short ride with Lord Capon to the camp where you get the end-game loot north-east of Neuhof (I’m sure everyone knows of it by now) and that’s pretty much that. There’s a short cutscene after you reach the camp and then you ride off into the sunset at which point the game is over.
Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed Kingdom Come: Deliverance, but that ending was pretty terrible. The last couple of cutscenes end up giving you way more questions than answers and sets up what should be act 3, but it’s done in such a way that the ending of Deliverance feels like a bit of a rip-off. At the very least, it felt extremely rushed.
In any event, now I’m stoked for the sequel and I’m itching to finish Henry’s story. I just hope that happens sooner than later!
What are your thoughts on the ending of Kingdom Come: Deliverance? Do you feel it could have been done differently and made to be a little more satisfying? Let me know in the comments!