The Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord e1.5.6 update has arrived with photo mode alongside a bunch of bugfixes and changes. Additionally, Beta update e.1.5.7 has been released for public testing.
Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord has been in Steam Early Access for nearly a year. TaleWorlds Entertainment has been hard at work fleshing out this medieval role-playing game and this newest update brings some more core features from the previous game to this new iteration along with some brand-new goodies for players to enjoy. Let's dive right in!
What's New in the Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord e1.5.6 Update?
One major addition in the Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord e1.5.6 update is the "Rebellion" mechanic. Previous games allowed the player to create a rebel faction or put down a peasant uprising and the sequel is seeing this mechanic greatly expanded.
A town will start to generate more militia if its "Loyalty" score drops below 25. If Loyalty drops below 15, that town will rebel and form its own clan. That new clan will then try to join another existing kingdom that fits a culture different from its original owner. On the same subject, 14 new villages were added as art assets.
Weapon knockdown mechanics have been implemented, allowing players to make the most of the "Show of Strength" and "Hard Knock" perks. This is complemented by the addition of 15 new combat-related perks
The final major addition is less about gameplay and more about style: the Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord e1.5.6 update finally adds a proper photo mode to the single-player game mode, making it easier than ever to capture stunning shots of intense battles.
As always, there is a pretty crazy amount of changes and bugfixes in this latest patch; you can read the full Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord e1.5.6 update patch notes for all the fine details.
What's Coming in the Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord e1.5.7 Update?
The Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord update e1.5.7 is also in testing in the game's beta branch. TaleWorlds has had a beta branch for some time now, allowing players to experience the latest changes a little bit earlier than the game's general population.
This one brings a lot of changes and fixes to the game too, but the most notable addition is the implementation of the "Child Education" feature. Children were revealed as a game mechanic in late 2018 and now they'll start to have a greater effect on gameplay.
"Players can now educate their clan's children through their early life," read the beta patch notes. "There are six different education stages. These stages will trigger at the age of 2, 5, 8, 11, 14 and 16. Each stage will present different options that improve the child's skills and attributes. Stages are accessible via the right side circle notifications."
As before, you can read the e.1.5.7 beta update patch notes for the full list of changes and fixes. If you haven't yet jumped into this great medieval RPG, you can buy Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord on Steam for $49.99 or your regional equivalent.
What do you think of the changes in the Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord e1.5.6 update? What features do you think the game should add next? Let us know in the comments below!