This news features a detailed outline of the future of the modification "A Clash of Kings" for Mount and Blade: Warband. Based on "A Song of Ice and Fire" by George R. R. Martin, also known as the TV show "Game of Thrones".
Posted by Cozur on Oct 29th, 2012
A Clash of Kings 0.7 is currently in the testing stage, with some bugs being eliminated and new features being added, such as:
Herald of Arms for select factions. These banner carriers provide a visual improvement on the battlefield, as they brandish their faction banners, and various flags proclaiming their faith and courage.
Many new scenes. Courtesy of Caractacus, many of the iconic locations in "A Song of Ice and Fire" are now accesable, with more being added each week. Take a walk across the ramparts of Winterfell, or look across the Bay of Braavos to where the Titan stands guard.
Many new weapons, making for a more varied game experience.
New mercenaries, in place of some that did not have any reason to be there, lore wise.
And many minor fixes.
However, 0.7 is only a stepping stone to two much grander releases, 0.8 and 0.9.
While these two versions will likely feature many small improvements and fixes, I have three major improvements planned:
1. Lore NPC's. These NPC's will be placed all over Westeros and Essos, giving the player the option to learn more about the rich lore of the universe created by George R. R. Martin. NPC's will include Petyr Baelish, Cersei Lannister, Varys the Spider, Lysa Tully and Mord the Gaoler.
2. Custom recruitable troops. You will be able to recruit custom troops from various important castles, in return for a specific amount of gold. Horn Hill Pikemen will be recruitable at Horn Hill, Dreadfort Swordsmen will be recruitable at The Dreadfort, White Harbor Knights at White Harbor and so on. This should make for a bit more variations in army setup.
3. A brand new world map. While the current map in "A Clash of Kings" is by all reasonable standards the most detailed and polished custom world map ever created for Mount and Blade: Warband, I have learned a lot since making it.
The new map will fix certain geographical mistakes, be about 30% larger and feature a lot more detail as well as improve performance as I've learned how to make it larger, more detailed, yet less demanding on the computer.
These are quite ambitious goals, and I can in no way guarantee that I will ever achieve them. But this is what the plan looks like at this moment.