In case you haven’t played the beta version of the game or simply haven’t noticed, the game has been downgraded quite massively since, and for a good reason as it was virtually unplayable in its beta stage.
Here’s a comparison video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSFSuOK99o8.
However, one problem in particular is a serious sore to my eyes. And no, it isn’t the massively downgraded lighting system.
Graphics and lighting aside, something about the density and the colour palette of the forests in the beta just looks and feels a lot more European, as it is genuinely what forests look like around where I live in Germany. The forest in the final release, however, looks like a typical video game forest that doesn’t really take the regional atmosphere and colour palette of the geographic area it seeks to depict into consideration, but rather throws in a bunch of trees and bushes, while using a random shade of green that doesn’t resemble the true shade of foliage, especially not in Central Europe.
I typically don’t nitpick about such things, but since it’s already been perfectly achieved in the beta I allow myself to. What I loved about the beta version of KCD was the fact that it didn’t make its version of the Bohemian woods look like yet another video game forest, consisting of random trees and bushes thrown in purposelessly together and coloured in a random shade of green, it actually captured the atmosphere and the feel of Central Europe. It’s a real shame it’s now gone. Hopefully the upcoming modding tools will be able to restore the game’s former graphical glory.