Not only fans are developing the "second" part of Mount & Blade. Bannerlord will soon receive, among other things, weather effects and a host of improvements, which can already be checked out as part of beta testing.
TaleWorlds discussed the latest addition to the game, including changes from the March 1.1.0 update and the week-long beta testing of patch 1.2.0. Details can be found in the developers' post published on Steam, but also in the video (available below).
The developer is not preparing any crossovers nor revolutionary use of artificial intelligence. Nevertheless, a lot of minor novelties have made their way into the game, and more are already being tested and have attracted the attention of players.
- An important novelty is (in the beta version) the introduction of rain and snow on the world map and during missions. It's not just a decorative element: wet or icy ground will make it more difficult to move troops, and during battles it will affect both cavalry and infantry, as well as ranged units.
- Speaking of which, sizable changes await battles in Bannerlord. More types of battlefields (and bandit hideouts) are heading to the game, and the option to attack specific formations, and on top of that, the developers are improving AI of units and automatic resolution of battles.
In addition, the beta enables you to test taunts in multiplayer and warehouses. On top of that version 1.2.0 will introduce quite a few fixes on consoles (including the transfer of save game data from PlayStation 4 to PS5) and in mods as well as optimization fixes and more tasks in settlements, among other things.
The full list of changes in the beta version can be found in the announcement posted on TaleWorlds official website. Unfortunately, the developers have not yet stated when the final version of update 1.2.0 will be released.