At the PC Gaming Show, two minutes of new gameplay for Mount and Blade: Bannerlord was shown, showcasing mounted and foot combat in multiple environments. The trailer began with both sides arranging their forces, along with the leaders bringing the sides together in a dramatic clash. Each battle was dedicated to showing different aspects of Bannerlord's combat, such as sword and shield, horse and lance, and horse and bow.
The gameplay also showcased the leaders issuing commands to their soldiers, showcasing a level of command that players are used to from the Mount and Blade franchise. The "key battle improvements" include 'Advanced Formations', where the player can merge and split units with "intuitive and powerful control" over the form, behavior, and movement of every unit; 'Battlefield AI', where AI commanders can utilize 'Advanced Formations' to "present a formidable challenge"; and the 'Sergeant System', where Commanders can now "designate units", including the player. This essentially means that players can execute orders issued by their commander during the battle in order to help achieve victory.
However, these are not the only things that have been updated. 'Directional Shield Blocking' and 'Shield Bash' have been added, which will serve to "revitalize" sword and shield gameplay. If the player blocks in the wrong direction, the player will not necessarily get killed but their shield will break much faster then normal. Shield bashing is what one would expect, where the player lunges forward and bashes their opponent, stunning them and knocking them back.
Players can also now use 'Attack Chaining', which means that any completed attack can be chained into additional attacks that can "catch your opponent off guard after a miss." For those that use unbalanced weapons such as hammers and axes, the added momentum will allow a faster follow-up strike to potentially catch an opponent off guard.
Mount and Blade: Bannerlord's release date is currently unknown. Keep checking TechRaptor for more details.
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