New Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord gameplay shows massive battles on horseback | PCGamesN

New Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord gameplay shows massive battles on horseback

Mount & Blade II Bannerlord co-op multiplayer

You’ve got to have both horse and sword or it isn’t a Mount & Blade game. What you also need is huge number of massed men clashing across a large battlefield. The new gameplay trailer, above, has both.

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Longer versions of the gameplay trailers were also uploaded to the Taleworlds YouTube channel. The first focuses on a cavalry sergeant charging his horsemen into battle:

Then there’s the horse archer sergeant, who takes a less direct but just as deadly approach to combat, engaging from range and encircling enemy cavalry.

Here’s what TaleWorlds have to say about their combat features:

  • Advanced Formations – more control over how your units are deployed, cavalry doing fast charges or heavy infantry forming invulnerable shield walls.
  • Battlefield AI – enemies will use real-world tactics taken from historical battles and commanders, making it much harder for you to take over the world.
  • Sergeant System – an actual chain of command from commanders to soldiers, giving more flow to the battle.
  • Directional Shield Blocking and Shield Bash – blocking the wrong way can be deadly and is terrible for your shield, while shield bash will briefly stun opponents.
  • Attack Chaining – completed animations allow for follow-up attacks, taking advantage of opponents who left their guard down.
  • Improved Animations and Combat Engine – it’s prettier. Way prettier.

Expect more as Bannerlord approaches release – though we still don’t have a date for that.