After years of waiting, fans will finally be able to jump into an early access environment to stress test Mount & Blade II early next year.

Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord Finally Releasing in March

After years of waiting, fans will finally be able to jump into an early access environment to stress test Mount & Blade II early next year.
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In the long and arduous wait for a release date, Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord almost became the new Final Fantasy XV. Announced — checks notes — back in 2012, it’s been a long road to get here. 

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Fans have been openly salivating over little tidbits about changes to the game since 2015, without anything remotely resembling a release date making the news in that time.

That all changes today. A Gamescom 2019 announcement revealed that Bannerlord is coming to Early Access relatively soon. However, players will still have to wait a few months to play, as it won’t be available until March of 2020.

Cheers to this cheeky YouTuber, who said what we were all thinking while watching the announcement trailer:

Unfortunately, there’s still no movement on an officially official full launch date, although a Steam page now exists and shows off a bit of what fans can expect from the beta launch next year.

Here’s what we know will be in the early access so far:

  • Siege gameplay: Including constructing, positioning, and firing artillery weaponry at enemy locations
  • Diplomacy: With new bartering, marriage, and influence systems to seal alliances or antagonize enemies
  • Sandbox Economy: This fluid economy based on supply, demand, and local ware conditions is due to be tested extensively in early access
  • Crafting: For making and naming your own personal killing machine with a variety of attributes
  • Modding: Development tools will be made available to the Steam community for constructing your own Bannerlord experience

While waiting your turn to jump in an test out the waters, check out the Gamescom Early Access announcement teaser below.

If you’ve missed out on the latest Gamescom 2019 news, there’s been an avalanche of major reveals in the last 24 hours, from info on the anticipated horde mode for Gears 5 to the release date trailer for the Final Fantasy 8 remaster!

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