We're but a few scant days from Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord's Early Access release on Steam this past week. Even so, lots of Bannerlord players are having lots of fun datamining the game for cut content.
Reddit user AHedgeKnight has compiled a list of everything in Bannerlord's files that didn't make it into the full game. AHedgeKnight says there's no way to know whether this content is cut content, stuff that will appear in the future, or legacy content. Whether or not any of this will eventually make it into the full game isn't clear, as AHedgeKnight says, because "code could be deleted and started from scratch". All in all, the work to assemble these files took around six hours.
Perhaps the most interesting sections of the Bannerlord cut content - and there's a lot of it - are the Factions and Companions list. While lots of the content in AHedgeKnight's list would alter Bannerlord in interesting ways, these two areas are pretty major. There's some interesting stuff about Empire factions disagreeing over various laws like whether women can join the Senate or whether soldiers should be provided pension by the state. As you might imagine, the different factions have differing views on this. There also appear to be various factions that have been "commented out" of the game, including a major religious outfit and a bandit barbarian faction.
The Companions list, meanwhile, contains characters with full dialogue, stats, and equipment, among other things. AHedgeKnight says these could be the companions appearing in Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord through a future update. In the list, you'll find characters like veteran legionnaire Osarios, hedonistic thief Tabur, and zealot rebel Boscoric. There are 23 "companions" all in all, and we're not sure which of them will appear in the game in the future, if any. Again, it's worth stressing all of this could be future content or cut content. TaleWorlds hasn't left any kind of marker in to differentiate.
The full list is fascinating reading if you're a Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord aficionado, so make sure you check it out if you're interested. There are two extra lists revolving around voice files and miscellaneous content that AHedgeKnight couldn't find a home for, too. You can check those out right here. Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord is available to buy right now via Steam Early Access.
What would you like to see appear in Bannerlord from AHedgeKnight's cut content list? Let us know in the comments below!