TaleWorlds Entertainment has announced that sandbox-RPG Mount & Blade: Warband will be releasing on Xbox One and PlayStation during Q2 2016.
The console release of Mount & Blade: Warband will mark the first time in the series history that a game has been released on console having previously only been available on PC. Warband released on PC back in 2010 but has enjoyed huge success within the gaming community, mainly thanks to the games mod-ability. Xbox One and PS4 gamers will be able to grab a copy of Warband both digitally and physically with the game being available on the Xbox Store as well as in retailers once released later this year.
Mount & Blade: Warband is an in-depth kingdom management strategy game and will certainly be unique on consoles as there isn’t a game that currently comes close to offering the kind of gameplay that Warband does. In the game, players create their own character and are then released into the world of Caldradia. You can join one of the various factions and become a vassal, fight for the king or even found your very own kingdom as you carve out your own destiny.
Below are some of the features you can expect in Mount & Blade: Warband on console:
- Completely open sandbox-RPG set in a fictional medieval scenario, inspired by the middle age of our time and guided by a “trial and error” mentality
- Huge world map featuring various starting areas and different warring factions with numerous skills and traits
- Choose your career path and define your own goals on the way to success
- Challenging and complex, skill-based real-time fights
- Extensive character creation including skill defining multiple choice questions to define a personal background story
- Customizable appearance and selectable abilities for your character
- Improve your skills by using them in combat
- Total freedom thanks to the non-linear gameplay
- Besiege, conquer and take over strongholds
- Exchange your enemy prisoners for ransom money
- Fight alone or in the online multiplayer mode with up to 32 players
- Hire local volunteers and mercenaries, take prisoners or gain loyal companions through your deeds
- Fight on foot or atop of your steed (melee and ranged)
- Master the handling with Swords, Shields, lances, bows, crossbows and throwing weapons
- Small encounters or great battles: Experience the diverse fighting management with your troops
- Increase your reputation among the nobles and enhance your glory
- Act honourably or live with the consequences of your decisions
- Get married and secure your inheritance
It will be interesting to see how well Mount & Blade: Warband will transition onto consoles considering its unique gameplay mechanics and its age seeing as the game is now over 5 years. Will the graphics have been improved and to the standard that console gamers will expect? The game’s sequel, Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord is expected to release later this year.