Microsoft's medieval role-playing game Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord is now out; it's ahead of schedule and is available in early access. The game has been in works for a very long time now - eight years to be precise! It was announced in 2012 and though it lacks the much-awaited battle royale mode fans were craving for, at least it's out and playable.
Tale Worlds, the Turkish developer behind the game took to its official site to reveal quite a bit about the game and why they chose to release it now. And yes, the coronavirus has something to do with it. Though the IT team of Tale Worlds has been working very hard from their homes amid the corona crisis, the company decided this is a great time to release the game as so many gamers are now indoors.
"We have tried to make the best of a bad situation and thankfully, with the help of our IT team, have been able to continue work on the project from home. This has come with its own challenges of course, but we are still very grateful and lucky to work in an industry where it is possible to work remotely, which we know isn't the case for many of you," the update said.
The update also revealed that in singleplayer, players will have access to Custom Battle and Campaign game modes. Campaign is a structured approach to the Mount & Blade experience. It brings together a plot with some key events and the traditional sandbox gameplay. The mode will specifically attempt to provide players with clear goals which can lead to a more streamlined experience. The developers will continue to work on multi-player throughout early access; but the game is not entirely without bugs, and in fact, the official update has opened up about the possibility of glitches.
"There may be bugs and glitches, there will certainly be balancing issues, some features may be missing or currently disabled, and certain aspects of the game might not receive full-support until later down the line. You can expect to see reused scenes (our eventual aim is that each town and castle will have its own unique scene) as well as other types of placeholder content, such as voice lines, animations, quests, etc," the statement said.
Mount & Blade 2 will be available at 10% off for the first two weeks. Plus, anyone who owns earlier Mount & Blade titles will be eligible for an additional 10% off in select digital stores.