Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord has been hotter than hellfire since its launch into early access. But as any early access game player can attest, there’s always more than can be done. Developer TaleWorlds, however, is certainly on the case. Patch notes for e.1.0.6 just arrived. We also have some good news. While the patch itself isn’t sizable, it does provide some necessary fixes and changes, ranging from performance spikes and defeating those annoying “sniper looters,” to your character’s Charm skill and XP gains.
First off, performance. The patch fixes some issues where the game would crash. Apparently, it was being reported that blood particles in multiplayer could cause the game to collapse. Loading screens and player executions also tripped up the game. The patch fixes all these, however, as well as smoothing out a performance spike issue during the Bannerlord campaign. The wording is interesting: “Fixed one of the performance spike issues” leads me to believe that there are several spikes that have yet to be addressed.
One important detail in the patch notes is the fix that could help prevent sniper looters. The patch reduces the accuracy of stones, which means that looters can’t smack you in the dome with a rock from miles off. At a glance, it seems like the community at large is quite happy about this little change.
Bushwackers and perks
Bannerlord patch e.1.0.6 does more than fix crashes and rock trajectories, of course. It also offers a handful of fixes. Here is a short list of changes:
- “Bushwackers” now use a mix of short and long bows (previously 100% longbows)
- Lowered the tier of longbows for “Freebooters”
- Decreased the damages of crossbows
- Fixed the length of the “Fine Steel Kaskara Blade”
- Fixed “Leadership Disciplinarian”, “Trade Caravanmaster” and “Charm Parade” perks.
- Added combat skill experience gain for tournaments and practice fights.
- Added charm skill experience for successful barters.
- Increased experience gain from successful romance and defection persuasions.
Those XP gains are actually very much important since they were previously disabled when your character participated in tournaments. Enabling the effects of perks for Leadership, meanwhile, would help you convert bandits into regular troops. As for the Charm skill, bartering with nobles will now give you a slight boost.