Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord Finally Hits Early Access In March
Taleworlds Entertainment has confirmed that Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord will arrive on Early Access on March 31st 2019, with retail availability on Steam, the Epic Games Store and through Taleworld’s own website. The game is due to cost $49.99 in the US and £39.99 in the UK. At this time, it is unknown how long Mount and Blade 2 will be available on Early Access, or what content the game will release with in March. Expect the same Medieval sandbox as the original, albeit with new features, updated graphics and new singleplayer content.
The game takes place 200 years before the original Mount and Blade, when the game’s Calradian Empire is on the verge of collapse, and several factions are fighting for control of what remains. The game is also due to ship with a multiplayer mode, which will focus on the game’s battle system.
If you’ve played the first game you’ll at least know what to expect from this sequel. There’s a ludicrously detailed medieval sandbox to explore in the singleplayer campaign. You can pretty much live the life you want as you develop your character and side with a faction. The Early Access version is “stable and playable,” and features “all the main staples of the Mount and Blade experience,” from character creation to combat and clan management. The game launches with both the single-player sandbox mode and a variety of multiplayer options.
Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord will be released in Early Access on 31st March 2020. The game will be available for purchase through Steam, Epic Games Store, and TaleWorlds website, for $49.99/€49.99/£39.99. pic.twitter.com/vIGe2Is4tg
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As open and directionless as Mount & Blade 2 is designed to be, it does actually have a story if you want to pursue it. It’s a prequel to the first game, set 200 years prior, at a time when the Calradian Empire is collapsing and factions are fighting to take control of the continent.
Over the course of Early Access, the developers will add features like rebellions, weapon crafting, and kingdom creation, while expanding the initial types of content and working on polish and bug fixes.
Below are Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord’s full PC system requirements. Once again, we will note that these system requirements are likely to change as the game moves through Early Access.
Processor: Intel Core i3-8100 / AMD Ryzen 3 1200
Memory: 6 GB RAM
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 630 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 2GB / AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB
Storage: 60 GB available space
Additional Notes: Integrated GPUs require additional 2GB of system RAM. These estimates may change during final release.
Processor: Intel Core i5-9600K / AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB / AMD Radeon RX 580
Storage: 60 GB available space
Additional Notes: These estimates may change during final release.
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