TaleWorlds Entertainment announces an upcoming new gameplay feature in its latest development update for Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord.
The strategy action role-playing game Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord launched in Early Access in March 2020. Since then, TaleWorlds Entertainment has released a steady stream of hotfixes and patches, including the addition of a map editor and other modding tools for Mount and Blade 2 to encourage community engagement.
In its sixth development update, TaleWorlds reveals details about a number of upcoming gameplay adjustments, two additional mission types, and quality-of-life improvements, as well as a new game feature called Rebellions.
In Mount and Blade 2, the inhabitants of a settlement can become disgruntled for a number of reasons. They might have been recently captured and still feel rebellious, they may be displeased with the town’s governance, or there might be a culture mismatch with the settlement’s owner. With the addition of Rebellions, if the residents of a settlement become too unhappy, an increasing number of citizens may take up arms and form a militia.
If the development of the militia remains unchecked, loyalty drops low enough, and the militants feel that they can overpower the settlement’s garrison, a Rebellion will be triggered. The malcontents will rise up and seize control of the settlement, establishing their own clan. This can have far-reaching consequences if not stopped, as the legitimacy of the newly established clan may be recognized by other clans, and it will be able to initiate diplomacy with other kingdoms.
In addition to Rebellions, which will be comingin the next beta patch, a few other features are planned for the game. First, when playing as a faction leader in Mount and Blade 2, gamers will be able to grant fiefs to vassals in order to improve relations with clans or increase loyalty. When playing as a vassal, control of owned fiefs can be relinquished back to the kingdom.
Some quality-of-life additions are also heading to the game. For example, informational icons will be added to settlement nameplates, allowing players to discern at a glance whether there are any issues or events occurring without entering the settlement. Additionally, a new campaign setting will allow Mount and Blade 2 players to disable the birth and death systems to prevent heroes from aging or reproducing. This choice must be made at the beginning of a game and cannot be changed afterward.
These are just a few of the changes and improvements planned for Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord, and further details can be gleaned by watching the development update video released by TaleWorlds.
Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord is available in Early Access now on PC.