TaleWorlds Entertainment has an early present for fans of the Mount & Blade. The Early Access launch for Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord has now been brought forward by a day. Aspiring lords will be able to jump in on March 30 instead of the originally planned last day of the month. Not only that, but TaleWorld will offer it for a discount at launch too.
War comes early
In an announcement, TaleWorlds revealed that the prequel to the standalone expansion Mount & Blade: Warband will now be available on Early Access from 3:00 a.m. PT / 6:00 a.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. BST on March 30. The development team behind the game “has been working hard these last weeks to keep the development process on track, even under the present circumstances that forced the team to switch to remote work two weeks ago,” according to the press release.
“Thanks to the great effort of the whole team, and hearing the requests of our community to release the game as soon as possible, Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord will release in Early Access a day before.”
To make things even better, the game will be getting a 10% discount during the first two weeks of launch. Those who own “a copy of any Mount & Blade title will be eligible for an additional 10% discount on select partners.” That is a good incentive to get in early if you were already planning to do so.
In a blog post, TaleWorlds also elaborated on what was to come for the game’s Early Access debut. Eight years of development will see singleplayer content for both Custom Battle and Campaign game modes.
“Campaign is a new and somewhat more structured approach to the Mount & Blade experience that blends a storyline and key events with the traditional sandbox gameplay that our players are familiar with.” The mode will give players clear goals and missions that will hopefully lead to a successful conclusion. However, the freedom to choose your own path remains a key part of Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord.
Players can create their own character and backstory, then explore the sprawling continent of a reimagined Calradia. Companions are available for hire, while warbands and armies stand at the ready for combat. You can invade and conquer towns and castles, and you’ll become better with every clash. The game’s much-improved combat mechanics, as well as troop command, make Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord an evolution of its predecessors.
Of course, the Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord developers warn, an Early Access title will still have bugs and glitches. Balancing issues will likely be present, while features will be missing or disabled.
For those looking for a multiplayer experience, it continues off the recent multiplayer beta. Skirmish, Captain, Team Deathmatch, and Siege modes will be available for Early Access. Expect more to come for multiplayer as the game’s full release draws nearer.
Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord invades Early Access on March 30.