Mount & Blade II – Bannerlord video/preview (Gamescom)

Bannerlord, the sequel to Mount & Blade: Warband, has been in development for what feels like an eternity. Taleworlds has just revealed that the game will go into early access in March of next year though, so there’s light at the end of the tunnel yet. We got an opportunity to go hands on with a current build of the game while at Gamescom – here’s our report, which also includes gameplay footage.

What we know

Having been in development for over eight years now, Bannerlord is incredibly impressive in its scope. Offering numerous refinements over the original game and a wealth of ways in which to play the game, one of which is to build an empire that you can pass on to your children – thus lasting for hundreds of years. With sieges, character interactions and raids, there are a lot of ways to play Bannerlord – which was also the appeal of Warband when it came out.

What we saw

After an earlier demo which focused on mid-game action, we now got to start earlier in the game. During our hands on session, we went through a few tutorials, explored a keep, came out victorious in combat, got captured in a subsequent bout and eventually broke free. See for yourself below:

What we thought

For those who fondly remember Warband, the appeal of Bannerlord is almost instant. A more polished and visually impressive take on the formula, it will certainly draw fans in once it hits early access next year.

One concern we did have, however, was that the visuals are starting to show their age – with development going on almost 10 years once early access starts, it’s a title that started development even before PS4 and Xbox One were a thing. Things might be different when we see environments that are richer in detail than what we saw in the demo though – several gameplay videos by Taleworlds have shown spectacular battles. We’re still hoping for a bit more polish, but with an early access phase yet to come there is plenty of room for that.

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