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Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord will finally be coming to Steam Early Access, some eight years after it was originally announced. TaleWorlds Entertainment has confirmed you’ll be able to buy and play Bannerlord from March 2020. It’s a bit of a wait but what’s another seven months after eight years?
Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord was announced well before the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One were even revealed. It’s been a wait of epic proportions, the sort of tale the bards will song about long after we’re gone. But, here we are, seven years later, and Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord is finally about to get its first proper multiplayer beta test.
Fun fact - Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord was announced longer ago than the entire length of World War 2, the largest and deadliest conflict in human history. Completely irrelevant but interesting all the same. Anyway, the long old wait for Bannerlord may finally be coming to an end. TaleWorlds Entertainment has announced a Mount & Blade II closed multiplayer beta, providing a select group of fans with a taster of Bannorlord’s 6v6 Skirmish mode.
It feels as if we’ve been waiting for Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord for an age now, although TaleWorlds Entertainment looks to be comfortable taking its time in order to deliver on the hype. The latest update from the studio comes from lead programmer Murat Türe, who detailed the technical improvements and performance optimisation being lavished on Mount and Blade Bannerlord.
It was the big bucks at Microsoft, Sony, EA and Ubisoft that commandeered the the most attention, but tucked away on the E3 show floor was the sequel to a game which has picked up a very loyal PC audience over the years. I’m talking about none of than Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord of course, the feudal themed open-world RPG which promises to swallow up hundreds of hours of our time.
Few games are quite as open-ended and infinitely replayable as Mount & Blade, so it stands to reason anticipation among the game’s community is approaching fever pitch for its sequel. After a series of expansion packs, Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord is set to arrive seven years after the original, making the jump to a swish new game engine, which means battles look grander and are on a larger scale than e ever before.
Exactly one month ago we reported to you the official announcement of the Mount & Blade Warband - Viking Conquest DLC. Since then, the Brytenwalda modding team in charge of its development continued their work with a speed, enthusiasm and eye for detail some current developers -whose names I will leave unmentioned - can only dream of.
As autumn rolls around again and ushers in the cold season, Good Old Games is here to warm your cockles with an impressive array of discount games. The 2014 DRM-Free Big Fall Sale is here, to help you enjoy some of gaming's finest without hurting the Christmas savings.
If there’s one thing that Mount & Blade: Warband doesn’t need is more content. A cursory glance at its reviews on Steam reveals that the cumulative man hours spent creating mighty empires would have probably have been enough to establish life on the moon, or, even better, finally figured out how to grow money trees. Look no further than Skittles, who’s currently logged 4,079 hours in Warband, and succinctly tells us in his Steam review “It's aight”. Indeed.
Here is a list of changes/tweaks/fixes that can be found on this latest update.
 Well, my favourite Horse-and-Sabre game MOUNT & BLADE has just closed it's recruitment of Beta-testers for it's next release the online multiplayer WARBAND...... without me! :-(

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