Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord Update Adds Keep Battles and More

TaleWorlds has launched a new Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord update which finally adds Keep Battles to the medieval RPG on PC.

Published: August 19, 2021 2:33 PM /


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A new Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord update has arrived, adding Keep Battles to the game and more. Additionally, TaleWorlds Entertainment has also launched a Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord beta update.

Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord has been happily chugging along in Steam Early Access for over a year. Taleworlds recently announced that the Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord 1.0 release date window is coming in less than a year. We're now one step closer to the finish line with a bunch of new additions, fixes, and balance changes in a pair of patches that were detailed earlier today.

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What's New in the Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord Update e1.6.1?

The biggest notable addition in Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord Update e1.6.1 is Keep Battles. This is the final stage of sieging a castle or city where the last few defenders will fight back in close-quarters combat. Should you attain victory, you'll capture the building for your faction.

That's not the only new addition when it comes to buildings — 11 new villages have been added to the game to give players a little more variety while they're conquering Calradia. This is supplemented with some minor fixes to existing buildings.

Aspiring bards will be happy to hear that there are a bunch of new musical instruments in the game, too: the bodhran, cornu, dombra, oud, flute, hurdy-gurdy, vielle, kemane, harp, khomus, and nay.

Naturally, there are a whole bunch of other bugfixes and changes; you can read the full Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord Update e1.6.1 patch notes for all the fine details. That's not the only update that was revealed today, though — a beta update has also arrived.

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Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord Beta Update e1.6.2 Also Arrives

The Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord Update for the beta branch is, unfortunately, not quite as impressive as the addition of Keep Battles to the game. That said, this Bannerlord beta update does have quite a few changes and fixes.

The most notable feature I can see is the implementation of the level progression and customization system that TaleWorlds recently talked about. Players will now be awarded "Loot" for playing multiplayer games. This Loot can subsequently unlock cosmetic items which will change your characters and troops.

As for the rest of the patch, it largely focuses on bug fixes and other small changes. One such example is that Villages should now properly update their visuals on the campaign map to reflect any new buildings or other changes; you can read the full Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord Beta Update e1.6.2 patch notes to see what else has changed.

TaleWorlds is making good progress with Bannerlord and today's pair of updates squash a whole lot of bugs while also adding a long-requested feature to the game. If you haven't yet jumped into this fantastic medieval RPG, you can buy Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord in Steam Early Access for $49.99 or your regional equivalent.

What do you think of today's Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord update? What new feature would you like to see added to the game next? Let us know in the comments below!


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March 31, 2020 (Calendar)
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