15 years feels like both a long time and none at all, considering how much was crammed into them. In the 15 years since I first played Mount & Blade, there’s little that hasn’t changed in games, and yet it still has very few direct competitors other than its own sequels.
It also feels like 15 years since Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord entered Early Access in late March 2020. At that time, it felt far too leaky to write conclusively about. Even after some urgent patching, I had too many reservations to give it more than a “wait and see” recommendation. But how’s it looking now?