Kingdom Come: Deliverance is Warhorse Studios' first release, and so far it bucks all the trends of modern medieval games. Fantasy elements are thrown out in favor of hard realism, and the plot is centered entirely on real-world events. However, it can be a bit confusing knowing where Kingdom Come: Deliverance takes place, especially given the murkiness of history.
The Time and Place of Kingdom Come: Deliverance
The opening cinematic of Kingdom Come: Deliverance immediately sets the scene for what you will be experiencing as Henry, the humble blacksmith’s son. The entirety of Kingdom Come: Deliverance takes place in the Kingdom of Bohemia during the 15th century, an area which is now known as the Czech Republic.
As the opening intro states, upon the death of Charles IV, the King of Bohemia, Wenceslaus IV takes the throne. However, the new king neglects his duties, which ruffled the feathers of many of the nobility. They sought out the king’s half-brother, King Sigismund of Hungary, who decided that the best course of action was to kidnap the king in an attempt to force him to withdraw from the throne.
During this time, Sigismund invaded Bohemia, plundering the towns of those who allied themselves with Wenceslaus IV. This drew a deep division between the realm, with those who side with Sigismund and those who side with Wenceslaus fighting one another. This is where the story of Henry begins, after the invasion of his town.
In real life, Sigismund did actually take Wenceslaus prisoner, at which point he ruled Bohemia for a little over a year and a half. Sigismund released Wenceslaus in 1403, the year in which Kingdom Come: Deliverance is set. Back in reality, Wenceslaus went on to live until 1419, dying at the age of 58, at which point Sigismund was the titular King of Bohemia, although the Czech Estate would not acknowledge it for 17 years.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance, along with sticking to the politics of history, also uses real-world places in the incredibly large and detailed map. The area of Talmberk is present, although it is written as “Talmberg”, along with Sasau and Rattay, written as Sázava and Rataje nad Sázavou, respectively. Warhorse Studios has managed to stick incredibly closely to real-world places, so any time you come across a new area in-game, you should be able to find its equivalent in modern day Czech Republic.
Check out the above video by MrMattyPlays if you want another brief overview of the history leading up to Kingdom Come: Deliverance. While you're at it, swing by our Kingdom Come: Deliverance guide hub for other useful bits of information to help you on your journey.