Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord has been in early access for a few months and TaleWorlds Entertainment has been updating it very actively. Today, they released a new round of patches.
To be specific, the developer released the Beta e1.5.9 update and the Main e1.5.8 branch update.
The most relevant change is likely the sandbox mode in the beta branch that lets you play however you like without being burdened by the main questline.
It was introduced in a video last month. While it was implemented via user-made mods before, it’s nice to have it officially implemented.
Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord is currently available in early access via Steam and Epic Games Store. If you’re not familiar with the game, you can check out the first video of the development series, the second, the third, the fourth, the fifth, and the sixth to get an idea of the game’s progress.