We previously reported that Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord was expecting a major content update soon. The time has finally come: Patch 1.5.6 has now been released by developer Taleworlds and brings numerous innovations with it.
But the new beta patch 1.5.7 also contains exciting gameplay mechanics, including a new function that is reminiscent of the strategy game Crusader Kings. In this article we explain what the updates have to offer.
Rebellions and more in patch 1.5.6
The biggest innovation is the rebellion mechanic: Anyone who played the predecessor Mount & Blade: Warband will definitely remember the rebellious farmers. These came in the form of sometimes huge armies, which consisted mainly of weak peasants – for example, when you should collect taxes for a befriended nobleman.
With update 1.5.6, the peasant revolts are now back. If you are liege lord of a village or a city, you have to pay attention to the loyalty score. If this falls below 25 points, the affected settlement generates militia units. If the loyalty falls below 15, a rebellion breaks out, which must be put down by you. If you fail, the village will separate itself from your kingdom and will then be considered independent.
To prevent a rebellion, you can consider the following points:
- Provides enough food.
- Place enough garrisons.
- Kill looters near the settlement.
- Invest skill points in mayor skills.
Taleworlds has to match 14 new villages and 26 new battlefields integrated into the game so that more variety is guaranteed on the upper world as well as in the battles. Here you can also try out the new photo mode, which lets you take nice screenshots in single player.
There were also numerous fixed broken perks and abilitiesthat should finally work as described. You can read more about this in the official patch notes on the website of Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord.
Raising children like in Crusader Kings
The new beta patch 1.5.7 was also released, which has a particularly exciting mechanic, because like in the medieval strategy game Crusader Kings 3, you can now raise your children.
While your offspring is growing up, you now have to make a total of six decisions – these occur at the age of 2, 5, 8, 11, 14 and 16 years. Each of these stages presents you with a number of options that the Improve your offspring’s skills and attributes.
In order to test the new mechanics, however, you first have to find a suitable woman, ensnare her and then father a descendant. You can read exactly how this works in our large Mount & Blade 2 Plus guide:
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So you install the beta 1.5.7
Not only do you need the basics to test the new features in the game, you also have to follow a few simple steps outside of the game to install the beta version.
- Open your Steam library and search for Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord.
- Go to the settings by right-clicking on the game name.
- In the Betas section you can now select version e1.5.7.
The download should then start immediately. With a size of 14.7 GB But if this is relatively large, you have to plan a little time and storage space for the download.