If you’re like me, you’ve been anxiously awaiting some big news on Taleworlds’ Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord. Today Taleworlds gave us the news best thing: news of an upcoming DLC for Mount and Blade: Warband! The upcoming DLC is titled Viking Conquest and is being developed by the creators of the highly popular Brytenwalda mod for Warband. The DLC will take place in “historical Dark Age Britain, complemented by authentic scenes and cultures” and feature “a story mode with a complex plot, where choices have real consequences, as well as a standard sandbox mode in an all new setting, with expanded options and controls.” The DLC will also gain from this expansion, bringing modes “Coastal Assault” and “Warlord.”
For those of you who have missed out on the Mount and Blade craze, it is a game that takes place in a medieval-inspired world where kingdoms constantly are at war and their lords constantly a vying for power. Another important part of Mount and Blade is the fact that it takes place in a world without magic. While you might be used to wielding a mighty blade in one hand and a fire spell in the other, here you’ll find only a shield in your offhand, if you have anything in it at all. Depending on how you customize your character in the beginning, you might be a lesser lord working his way up through the ranks, a merchant trading goods and buying land, or a bandit who robs and pillages, working under no king but yourself. One might say the goal of the game is to conquer all of the many cities and hold them as their king, but the sandbox game invites you to make your own goals. Want to be the wealthiest man (or woman) in all of Calridia? Be the most feared bandit in the lands? Tear apart nations and lead them into bloody war? Mount and Blade invites you to do about anything you want and you will likely sink hours and hours into the accomplishment of that goal.
Mount and Blade also features a very enjoyable fighting system. Played in either a third-person or first-person view, you be trading blows with hundreds of soldiers alongside an army of your own. You’ll likely train most of your troops from village recruits until they become longbowmen or knights, elite units capable of laying waste to your enemies. You can command your troops through a fairly diverse set of commands, allowing you to accomplish all but the most complex of maneuvers. You can even command your troops to use only blunted weapons to ensure most of the enemy army survives the battle. This battle system also allows players to test their skills against other players in match-based multiplayer modes.
Mount and Blade fans have been anxious for more content since Taleworlds’ follow up to Warband, With Fire and Sword, met rather poor reception. They released multiplayer-only DLC, Napoleonic Wars, for Warband, but this game has been asking for more single-player content. I know I’m excited for Bannerlord to release, but news of more Warband has me excited as well. I’m always ready for more glorious charges into the fray of clashing iron and steel.