The Mount and Blade series is infamous for being somewhat of a fiend for your spare time. Many players have begun their journey only to turn around 2000 hours later wondering where the time went. The sequel Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord – Originally announced in 2012- is set to release later this year to claim back your social life and it’s looking gorgeous.
Mount and Blade is a Medieval RPG praised for its open ended game play – for those who aren’t well acquainted. You’re not the chosen one sent to save the kingdom. You’re just an ordinary guy or girl. You make your own story through your actions in the world and how you create your character. Along the way you can amass your own army and engage in battles and sieges. Eventually conquering the realm if you wish to. An incredibly active modding community also exists for this game. The mods range from adding samurais to the game to even magic. Thereby, helping to further explain the thousands of hours people dedicate to the game, because who doesn’t like free content?
It’s undeniable that the gaming community received Mount and Blade plus Warband- its sequel- with a warm reception. Meaning hype is certainly running high among fans for the sequel. The studio behind the series, Taleworlds, recently announced they will be bringing a playable demo to this years E3 to show it off and get feed back from attendees. Managing director of Taleworlds, Ali Erkin stated
“We are excited to see how attendees react to playing Bannerlord and receive feedback on the game. Putting the game in the hands of players represents another major milestone as we work towards a release.”
Good news for fans of the series who are in attendance at E3. Unfortunately, the rest of us will have to wait for the release later this year. However, the current screenshots of Bannerlord show a remarkable improvement over its predecessors. I am a sucker for a good looking game so this has me pretty excited. Game play footage shows more refined combat as well, which is always a bonus.
Hopefully we will get a more concrete release date for Bannerlord after E3.
In the meantime I linked a gameplay video below if you want to investigate Bannerlord further.