Hi @MauleyI had the same issue as you did and completed the same steps as you did, I reinstalled the entire game twice deleted all folders etc.
Then, I decided to have a look in the modules folder and what did I see...MODLIB folder was there for some odd reason. I deleted that folder and the game worked from steam, loading the usual launcher.
Even if you think your modules folder is clean go and look there again as something in there may have stayed after reinstalling.
EDIT: Now the game wont launch from the launcher lol. More issues.
Hallo @KhadgarionGo into your steam library, open the Bannerlord folder and then the Modules folder. Delete any folders that are NOT the following:
I have found that sometimes just having mod folders in there will mess things up, even if they are not enabled.
Hallo @WatergunIsn't the game supposed to launch via Steam?
After launching the game, you should be seeing TaleWorlds.MountAndBlade.Launcher.exe instead of Bannerlord.exe.
Are you running an illegal copy of the game?
To my knowledge reinstall the game and delete the Documets/Mount and Blade folder should completely reset the game. If it doesn't work I have no other idea.
Why not give e1.3.0 a try? It has so far no issue for me (except for some avoidable bugs).
Not so sure why "According to Steam", but for the version, you should always be seeing the version number from launcher every time you start the game.
Have you tried to move / delete the "Documents\Mount and Blade II Bannerlord" folder?
The game save config files and save game there. I had a sound problem once and the only way to fix it was to delete all folder except the game saves. I hope this help.