Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord
Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord at Gamescom
Last year, TaleWorlds Entertainment debuted Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord’s Captain Mode. It let Gamescom attendees try out the new 5v5 PvP experience, with stunning new visuals and ridiculously fun gameplay. The hype was on, and for a year now we’ve been waiting for the next update.
This year, at Gamescom, you’ll be able to try out the PvE, for the first time, for 30 minutes. The single player campaign to Bannerlord is a full on sandbox experience where you get to carve out your own story, with your own personal character, and an army to boot. There are several different factions, a fully fleshed out dynamic political system and a sizeable open world to explore. It’s a true next-gen Mount and Blade experience.
You’ll get to play a session of 30 minutes, starting off by choosing a pre-made character that the devs prepared solely for this event. No, the game itself doesn’t force you to use premade characters, but the devs wanted to make sure that you wouldn’t get stuck in character creation for the bulk of the playtime you get.
You will, however, be free to explore the map and the various settlements. You can chat with NPCs, hire your own ragtag squad of warriors, and duke it out against the AI across the stunningly gorgeous Calradia plains.
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to experience much of the large scale political gameplay between different factions, as the game is planned to be a 100+ hours experience, but it should most certainly give you a feel of what to expect when the full game comes out.
Given that the game seems to be nearing completion, we hope that it hits digital shelves before the end of the year. Until then, we’ll keep clocking in Warband hours.