The Early Access launch of TaleWorlds Entertainment’s Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord has been met with huge excitement. Giving the reins to players to do as they see fit in medieval Calradia certainly makes for a fun experience, and the developers have supported the game with plenty of hotfixes and updates. In order to keep everyone up to date, TaleWorlds has now shared their future plans, alongside a new beta 1.1 patch.
Charting the future
The developers said that they are doing their best to come up with hotfixes to solve problems. However, they also want to “begin establishing a more structured patch process to better support content changes that bear a greater risk for your gameplay experience.” To do that, the team will add two new branches to the game. “Aside from our public branch, which players will use by default, we will also offer opt-in alpha and beta branches,” TaleWorlds shared.
Content in the beta branch will first go through internal testing, along with public testing for at least a week. There will always be a weekly cycle for Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord. TaleWorlds will push the internal version to the beta branch, and the beta branch version to the main Steam build. The devs will fix any issues discovered along the way. That way, they can ensure new content added to Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord remains stable. If serious challenges arise, however, they will delay these updates.
As for the alpha branch, it will house untested content. This is intended for players, modders, and explorers that want to see development up close. This will obviously be the least stable build of Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord, but the team will update it daily with the latest development build.
You can choose to opt-in for either build. However, be warned, as it could negatively impact your experience. Alternatively, you can stick to adventuring in Calradia on the main build. If you wish to take this path, make sure you reign supreme with our many guides.