Over on the Mod DB, a creator named Ruthventwo has just released the final 1.0 update to their ambitious 'Explorer' mod for Mount and Blade Warband. This mod replaces the game's usual world map movement and menus with a brand new open world experience.
First created in 2018 and updated yesterday afternoon, the Explorer mod is a major overhaul mod that adds a variety of new features to the game, the biggest being a major map reworking. Instead of having instanced locations scattered around an overworld map, the game becomes something more like Skyrim where the map and its locations are one giant area. Players can ride around and discover its many secrets while amassing an army, joining a faction, and dealing with foes like bandits and wolves. It's also implied that there's a bit of magic in this mod with the ability to explore the world by turning into a raven.
The mod promises to feature "hundreds" of different locations to discover and explore, which also include new types of enemies and special items. The battles in this game also make use of a variety of combat polishes by someone called 'BrainyBots,' which will make combat more exciting and challenging. This version also includes new factions that the player and join and fight, including the Merchants, the Mercenaries, and the Manhunters. Ruthvento says that this will be the final major version of the game, not counting patches for bug fixes. However, this doesn't mean they don't have more projects coming down the pipe. You can get the latest updates on their upcoming projects by joining their Discord.