Developer TaleWorlds Entertainment have outlined new and upcoming changes planned for their sandbox RPG sequel, Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord. Fans can expect a slew of improvements as well as new in-game content and the eagerly awaiting addition of modding tools.
A new Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord video takes players behind the scenes as TaleWorlds discusses two major highlights including new maps and the enhanced perks system.
As promised, they are increasing the number of environments found throughout Bannerlord’s campaign map, creating more diversity within each region with new settlements and townships. Five new Empire faction villages are being added with two new multiplayer arenas also in the pipeline for Bannerlord’s online multiplayer Captain mode.
Another focus is the perks system. One big change since the original Mount & Blade and Warband is the expansion of skills to now include perks. As you progress and advance skills such as weapon proficiency, leadership, trade, and other talents, you will have the option to unlock perks which grant permanent buffs.
Of course, what most Mount & Blade fans want to see more of is the modding tools. A recent update brought an initial beta version of the mods toolkit for fans to experiment with. Here is how you can access Bannerlord’s mods:
Currently, you will need to own the game on Steam in order to access this beta version of the tools. This is something we hope to rectify in the future by making the tools available to everyone who owns the game, regardless of where they bought it. To access the tools, you need to head to your Steam library, select Tools from the filter, and search for Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord – Modding Kit. You will need to ensure that you have the game installed alongside the tools and that the version numbers match between the two for the tools to work. Then, you can simply launch the modding kit and press CTRL+E at the main menu to open the editor.
With Mount & Blade II still in early access, it will take some time before we start to see larger mods appear though the potential here is massive. What drew many fans to earlier games in the series (apart from their sublime strategic sandbox gameplay) were mods allowing them to play in various historical and fantasy settings, one of our favourites being this comprehensive Game of Thrones mod.
For those wanting more information about Mount & Blade II mods, you can follow the official modding forum for updates and community discussions.
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For more on Mount & Blade II, check in with our Bannerlord early access review.