Mount & Blade 2 will feature an optional story campaign, Turkish developer TaleWorlds Entertainment has announced. The news came alongside a number of new details and two new videos revealed by TaleWorlds at Gamescom 2015, wich is currently being held in Cologne.
Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord is the official title for the latest installment in the low-fantasy sandbox series, though the number is a little misleading – Bannerlord is actually the fourth game in the series.
Bannerlord will depart from series tradition with its story campaign. Previous games in the series offered a pure sandbox experience, but by adding a story, set 200 years before Mount & Blade Warband, TaleWorlds says that it is able deliver on fan requests for richer lore.
Quests will feature multiple endings based on important decisions, and dialogue will be fully voiced. TaleWorlds has even used motion capture tech to ensure that characters’ facial expressions and lip synching is realistic, which always helps. The game takes place in a “huge continent” apparently, featuring multiple factions and NPCs with unique personalities and back-stories. Characters will supposedly cooperate and compete with both each other and the player for dominence, and are said to react intelligently to their surroundings.
Other details and new gameplay features have also been reeled off by the Turkish developer. Dynamically changing seasons, crafting, and a working ingame economy driven by supply and demand have all been touted. Elsewhere, TaleWorlds has made improvements to Siege battles, with a variety of new siege engines giving players full control over how you breach walls. The sequel is being built in a brand new proprietary game engine too, which is just as well as the old one was starting to show its age when Mount & Blade Warband debuted back in 2011.
There’s no release date yet for Bannerlord, so we don’t know when the game will reach PCs around the world. While you wait, you can have a gander at the latest gameplay videos below. Not content with releasing just one, TaleWorlds has been showing off the game’s features in two new videos, showing off some of the gameplay and engine features you can expect to enjoy when the game finally launches.