First Screens of Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord
Nearly a year to the day since TaleWorlds announced Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord, the studio is finally ready to break radio silence and give us a peek at the project.
Check out the news section of the official Mount & Blade II website, and you’ll find two posts. One is the reveal of Bannerlords that went up back on Sept. 27, 2012. The other is a story overview and batch of screenshots that went up two days ago. Safe to say TaleWorlds is busy at the moment and more interested in developing their game than promoting it. Here’s the synopsis:
The once-mighty Calradic Empire is in a state of decline. Warlike tribes have seized swaths of its territory. Client kingdoms have declared their independence. The Emperor has died without leaving an heir, leaving three jealous factions to scramble for power. Mercenary companies, bandit lords and nomads hover on the sidelines like vultures waiting for a meal.
A hero who can master the art of single combat, of leading armies in battle, of plotting ambushes and raids, and of exploiting the rivalries of noble houses and tribal clans may be able to unite this Empire — or, alternately, to deal it the final blow that sends it crashing down. Will Calradia experience one final sunset of imperial glory, or slip into a night of chaos before a new age dawns?
Sign me up for the night of chaos.
As for the first look, there are 12 in-game screenshots as well as 12 pieces of concept art that indicate Bannerlords will take full advantage of the upgraded game engine and feature greater detail than its predecessor. I’ve posted a handful below and you can see all 12 at the official Mount & Blade II site.