Release Plans

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Greetings warriors of Calradia!

August and September have been exciting months - Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord finally got its release date (October 25th), pre-orders opened for consoles and many of you came to say Hi at Gamescom and Pax.

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Gamescom2022

And while it is a major milestone for the game to come to consoles, our announcement made it clear that this won’t be the end of the journey. This is what we want to talk to you about today.

Road to Release​

As the release date approaches, we are preparing a number of additional updates that many of you have been eagerly anticipating.

For one, we really cannot leave our lords and ladies without a banner any longer. You may have already seen how they look in the recent demo footage, but, just in case, we have attached a screenshot below.

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Banner formations

The banners in the game will be equippable items that players and AI heroes can use to benefit the formations they lead in battle. Alongside them we will also be introducing new crafting pieces with cloth attachments. These won’t just allow players to create weapons with an extra bit of flair - they will add to the overall visual experience as troops are reequipped to carry them as well.

And while these changes will spice up our existing scenes, we have also been hard at work on new ones. Soon each of our 53 towns will be unique and the pool for castles, battle terrains and smaller locations like hideouts will also continue to be expanded. Of course, the world map will see further improvements as well.

To add onto this, we are finalizing a fundamental overhaul of the agent AI movement system, which helps NPCs deal with difficult terrain (like in sieges) and notably improves issues with congestion. It does so through a range of physics adjustments, better situational understanding and manners (waiting on the allies ahead) and by shifting away from a binary, cardinal input and towards a partial, 360 degree one - think keyboard vs controller. Naturally, you, the player, will still be able to play with either.

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Siege tower assault

Now, looks and movement are important - but so is audio. Accordingly, we are quite happy to say that AI characters will soon receive the first iteration of voice overs for storyline dialogues and greetings. Conversations in general will also benefit from a range of new and updated facial expressions.

Voice over, Imperial mentor Arzagos

Beyond these, the recently shared custom servers, battle mode and multiplayer modding will continue to receive support. Much like them, the steam workshop is also being tested with a number of our community members. Thanks to that, it should become available to you in the near future.

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Multiplayer battle event on a custom server

Finally, many of you have asked about achievements - they as well as steam trading cards, backgrounds and emoticons are scheduled to arrive with the game’s release.

Post-Release​

By this time all of the above should be in your hands and we look forward to your thoughts on these additions. Naturally, we are also quite excited to learn how you like the game on consoles.

Our intention at this point is to continue making improvements based on your feedback. Having said that, there are already plans for a number of specific features and tweaks that we can discuss with you now.

To begin with, we return to a classic - early in development we explored a prototype of the player not just clearing but taking over common areas from criminals. This will be coming to the game. It will work similarly to other enterprises (like workshops and caravans) that provide players with a passive income but will also have its own twist. As they are not exactly legal ventures, you will need to deal with our crime system. Yet it’s not all bad - operating from the shadows will allow you to keep going in hostile environments and, coupled with further encyclopedia “fog of war” updates, allow you to retain access to information you would otherwise not have.

In addition to this, you will see the introduction of more specialized combat options. For one, players are going to be able to sally out and launch a surprise attack on besiegers in order to destroy their siege engines. This will take place in the existing siege locations but follow a separate set of rules.

The regular siege assault, in turn, won’t be ignored either. We are working on a range of balance changes to tip the scales more in favor of siege towers and rams. For example, pushing ladders off the walls will be possible even when there are enemies climbing them - in Singleplayer and Multiplayer.

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Falling off the siege ladder

Naturally, there will also be various tweaks to other systems - whether that is the ability to target enemy formations, which has been requested by our captain mode community in particular, or the ability to place companions in specific formations in the “Order of Battle”.

And should your character grow too old and tired to continue the fight, a new location will allow them to hand over the reins to the next generation - or put an end to the clan. Whether a game over occurs due to a conscious choice like this, old age or ill tidings, it deserves a bit of ceremony. To a good degree, the ingame cutscenes and cinematics provide that. Yet wouldn’t it be nice to look back at what you achieved over the years? This is where game over statistics will come in - tracking your every step (or at least some of them) and providing a tally when your game ends or you finish the storyline.

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Game over statistics

In a similar vein, content creators are going to be able to make records of their adventures using our replay editor. While our focus has been with the game, the editor still saw progress and will likely be shared as part of the modding tools in the coming months.

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Replay editor

Overall, there are many more ideas that we are keen to explore as part of our regular developments. Some of these are smaller topics like balance tweaks to our auto-battle-resolution, companion variety, raiding, settlement projects or multiplayer classes and modes. Others concern improvements to control schemes and haptic feedback, modding tools, multiplayer taunts and maps, diplomacy decision making, the clan-kingdom lifecycle, the mission atmosphere and weather system, as well as a variety of quality of life changes such as party member sorting. And yet others will be more involved such as the claimant quest and the multiplayer spectator mode.

To address the elephant in the room, and some of the questions that came with it, we are certainly also open to DLCs as they are a great way to provide you with additional content that does not fit into the base game’s scope. Having said that, it will be some time before we release any DLC, it will be a gradual shift in development and it will not be mutually exclusive as the base game will also continue to receive updates.

As a testament to that - there is no particular DLC that we want to announce right now. However, we are observing and discussing many of the topics that you are passionate about.

In this regard, we also want to express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone that has supported us throughout the early access period. The game has come a long way and it wouldn’t have been possible without you and your passion for Mount&Blade.

We look forward to taking the next steps of this journey with you - as well as anyone that may join us on the way.


You can pre-order the game on consoles here:
PlayStation EU | PlayStation US | Xbox
 

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Sergeant
because the spectator mode will be one of the key element of the game for a lot of content creators, and a lot of us are really waiting for this. I am not a content creator but still very hyped for this feature because i would love to edit my adventures in a video.
I think Taleworlds is working on it "instead of fixing crashes" because a lot of players asked them to show their progress on this feature
A more important key element in my opinion is that the servers you would be spectating function properly. Why care about bows and ribbons when one half the the game doesn't work and is actively dying? It is totally nonsensical to me that this wasn't number one priority from the get go, and even more so that development doesn't even seem to recognize it after years. This is why I feel like an insane man when I think about this.
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RogueKnight

Recruit
I loved warband. Played both on pc and ps4, it's one of my most revisited games on ps4! The prospect of having Bannerlord on console is like many christmas' coming at once. Pre-ordered and waiting excitedly like a wee kid on xmas eve. Thanks Taleworlds.
 

Goyyyio

Sergeant
Yes very good. Are NPCs improved interactions, interesting companions management and dialogs, interesting clan member managements and dialogs coming as a DLC? Since that's what the community has been speaking about since EA release yet you guys barely touch the subject. Just saying, people are not saying "this game doesn't have a soul" just for the sake of it. Hope you guys come around this idea after release.
I genuinely wonder why they won't even respond to this as much as any other subject at all. At this point I just don't get it.
 

Phantom425

Sergeant at Arms
I genuinely wonder why they won't even respond to this as much as any other subject at all. At this point I just don't get it.
They literally said in the release that they don't have anything specific about DLCs yet. Did you read that?
 

five bucks

Knight at Arms
I do, others do too. Afaik one challenge with this is that piercing damage is shared with spears as well.
Well, I'm glad to see we have people like you onside for getting armor buffed against arrows, since it is one of the biggest problems still in the game.

Spears are some of the weakest weapons right now, much weaker than they should be. So they all need to be changed anyway.

With that in mind, it seems to me like it would be best to increase the protection of armor against pierce damage by 1.7x, then increase the damage of spears across the board by 2-3x to compensate. Thus putting spears in a better position than they were before, while balancing arrows/bolts also.

I can understand if TW wouldn't want to do this right before release, though.
 

FireBlazinCandy

I genuinely wonder why they won't even respond to this as much as any other subject at all. At this point I just don't get it.

Don't ask them hard questions and you will get a response. The Devs have limited responses, why else do you think the AI diplomacy and conversations are so bad?

"Thanks for reporting I have forwarded it on to the relevant dev."

"Currently it is not something we are looking into."

"No."
 

Pentagathoos

Sergeant
@Duh_TaleWorlds
I'm very hyped, loving the changes I've seen so far and the banners are way cooler than I expected. Is the reason Bannerlord doesn't have heraldic armours like in Warband because they don't really fit the time period that Bannerlord is going for or was it a performance issue? I'd love to heraldic armour in Bannerlord, particularly for mods set in later time periods. A separate slot for heraldic surcoats/cloth pieces to go over the chest armour would be amazing, but I'm guessing it would lead to some horrendous clipping.
 
no mention of end game content.
no feasts.
no duels.
no slowly building relations with ladies.
no kingdom court.
no insulting lords
no discussing ways to improve standing in the realm
no feuding lords
no right to rule
no truly poor start (no clan whatsoever)
everything artificially gated behind clan level instead of using renown and right to rule like warband did
battle loot based economy that makes no sense and rewards constant warring.
lords don't have other goals besides wars.
i can't believe i will have to rely on modders to make the base game fun.
my disappointment is immeasurable and my bannerlord is ruined.
This is what i been wanting. The game at the moment gets boring pretty quick. It's a good game but trade/fight isn't enough for a long campaign.
 

FireBlazinCandy

They might add these in the future, but no one knows, might wait for mods unfortunately

Hopefully just mods. We can't be stuck in this infinite loop of patch and bug fix updates resulting in modders constantly needing to ensure their mods work with the latest patch/hotfix features.
 
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