This latest Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord patch took a while due to the fact that the code has been refactored, but now that it's been done it should make things a lot easier for Taleworlds Entertainment.
As seen in this earlier TechRaptor article, this latest patch took a while because Taleworlds decided to do some code clean-up in order to facilitate easier future development. After nearly a decade of development there's bound to be some spaghetti code in there somewhere that needs to be dealt with eventually.
As for the patch itself, it's pretty big. The Beta branch has moved into the regular branch, so now the game is at the e.1.4.3 patch and lots of stuff has been included, such as performance improvements on CPU memory usage, with a 100-150mb total reduction, UI memory usage has been reduced, and large settlement scenes have been optimized.
Crashes and bugs aplenty have been cracked down upon, including a crash when players left villages or entered hideouts, or a crash that occurred when the main hero was executed because of their crime rating. Personally, maybe at a certain crime rating the game should crash, because if you're such a villain do you really deserve to play the game?
Jokes aside, a new quest was added called LandLord needs Manual Laborers, and a new main storyline quest called "Rescue Your Family" has been added to the game in the beta patchline.
I wasn't kidding when I said this patch was a whopper, and if you want to look it over to your heart's content, you should go here. If you want to purchase Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord, be sure to visit your Steam salesmen here.
What do you think of this patch? Do you think the code refactoring was needed? Let us know in the comments!