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4 Ways Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord Is Looking Much Better Than the Original

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With the recent release of gameplay footage at PC Gamer’s Weekender event, the hype for Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord is growing and growing. That being said, it has been three years since the last full release of a Mount & Blade game so what can we ascertain from the latest video regarding the big changes to expect? Here’s our full breakdown.

World Map

Mount & Blade II Bannerlord map


Let’s start with the world map. While it only appeared in glimpses throughout the video, we did get a look at how the world map may appear upon full release. The old familiar font above towns and camps remains, but apart from that, everything looks much more detailed. There is a lot of foliage now, with the trees looking more realistic than in previous games. The rivers now resemble water too; in the previous Mount & Blade games, water looked like paint and was surprisingly angular, but in Bannerlord, it looks like it might actually be the liquid it claims to be.

The character models are also refurbished, although the animations for moving across the map still look oddly jerky. This isn’t a final build, though, so there is a good chance Taleworlds will change some of these little quirks before release.

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