'Mount and Blade' Coming to the PC This Spring
After being in BETA for several years and without a publisher, Paradox Interactive have announced today that not only is Mount & Blade close to completion and scheduled for a worldwide release during Q2, 2008; but that they will be the publisher for TaleWorlds’ new third-person RPG. This single-player game focuses mainly on medieval combat with realistic horseback mechanics and sandbox gameplay. The latter enables players to roam the map freely in a medieval world that offers options ranging from hunting down bandits, trading for profit in the game’s economical system and becoming a commander and taking part in the wars ultimately becoming a great lord of the realm.
“We believe Mount & Blade could be a genre defining title and we are thrilled to be working with TaleWorlds Entertainment to bring the game to a worldwide audience, said Fredrik Wester, Executive Vice President of Paradox Interactive. “In BETA, the title has already garnered much deserved attention and excitement in the gaming community and this will be a release to look forward to.”
“Paradox Interactive has reached great success because they know their market and understand gamers, which is the main reason we chose to partner with them for this significant release, said Armagan Yavuz, Co- Founder and lead programmer of TaleWorlds Entertainment. “Our vision for Mount & Blade has been an ambitious one and now that we are so close to completion, we can’t wait to invite gamers into the world we have created”.
When playing Mount & Blade, you will venture through a world filled with enemies as well as friendly groups that will come to your aid or who are in need of yours. In a land torn by constant danger, raids and skirmishes, you will raise and lead your own war band, commanding dozens of soldiers. You will hunt down your enemies following the tracks they leave behind and you will fight epic battles where arrows, axes, and swords are the weapons of choice while horses and men clash into melee combat.
NPC groups in Mount & Blade are continuously active, journeying, looking for enemies and engaging in battles with each other, whether you are there to see them or not. It is, in a way, a very real world where events unfold and some quests are resolved through the world’s own dynamics. Battles are something that you need to play close attention to because a few powerful blows can take you down, and since there is no such thing as a “healing potion” you will have to stay alert at all times to parry or dodge each blow with your name on it.
Via: Press Release