A new Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord developer update has been released for the open-world medieval sim. In the update, TaleWorlds talks about what's currently working in the game and what's coming soon, with a particular emphasis on the perk system and new maps being added soon.
What's in the Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord dev update?
The fourth dev update for Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord focuses largely on the perk system, which TaleWorlds says is something on which the developer has made "great progress as of late". Many skill trees are now almost fully implemented, with the remaining few being worked on by the team. Bannerlord community member Gregorio246 has created a handy website to check which perks are in the game and which ones have yet to be included.
In addition to the focus on the perk system, TaleWorlds also showed off a couple of new maps coming to Bannerlord soon. The Cliffs of Akkalat map features rocky canyons and steppes, giving plenty of opportunities for tactical maneuvers. The second map is Ebereth Hillfort, a walled settlement with a focus on close quarters combat and an asymmetrical layout. Both maps will soon be added to the Captain mode map pool and are "almost ready", according to TaleWorlds.
TaleWorlds also says it's "starting to make progress" on single-player scenes. In the new dev update, the team says it will be adding 5 new Empire village maps to Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord in order to increase variety in the game world. TaleWorlds says that scening will be "an ongoing long-term process", so you'll see new scenes added to the game over time and well into the future.
What else is in this Bannerlord dev update?
As well as these two major focal points, there are also several quality-of-life updates coming soon to Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord. There's a new structure for organizing your save data on the way, as well as a quick-talk button being added to the town menu to help you talk to notable settlement figures without loading. The weapon crafting pop-up will be reworked to show a weapon's stats more clearly and to show civilian classification, and you'll also find a three-part classic crosshair to remind you of the good times if you're a long-time Mount & Blade fan.
Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord is available right now via Steam Early Access. A console version is also planned for the future, although we don't have a concrete release window for that yet.
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