is an open-ended, nonlinear game focused on realistic medieval warfare that combines deep RPG elements with strategy management, exploration of the game world, and full real-time combat. It solely offers singleplayer and the player only directly controls a single character, co-operating or fighting against AI-controlled NPCs. There are no fantasy elements such as fictional creatures or magic. Despite the game's size, it is created by a small, Turkish team and the beta version was already made available freely for many years.
The game offers only a skeletal structure in terms of plot and then leaves it to the player to explore the environment and participate in the events. There are no cut-scenes or scripted sequences that nudge the player towards a certain direction. From a large 3d overhead map the player is free to visit any part of the game world in semi-turn-based fashion, attacking or protecting caravans, visiting castles, raiding towns or taking part in sieges (technically up to 1,000 units on the battlefield). It is also possible to capture opponents, keep them as prisoners and eventually sell them as slaves.
Players can wander through towns and talk to the inhabitants about current events, to get quests, trade, buy or sell new items, or recruit new troops. There is a thriving, dynamic economy based on supply and demand and large factions that will often exercise influence over each other. Because of the free-form sandbox-like gameplay, no new game is ever the same, similar to Elite
, and the game world evolves with or without the player's influence. It is possible to start a conversation with almost any character in the game, and their reactions varies based on your reputation, status and loyalty.
Players can engage in combat similar to a 3d action game, where the mouse is used with dynamic movement to attack and defend with shields, bow and arrow and swords. These sequences are always generated as instances, locked in a section of the main game environment. The player needs to use the terrain and his AI forces (indirectly) to strategically engage the enemy, also often by mounting a horse and using the advantages in speed, height and the environment in a realistic manner. There are many weapons to wield, including lances, double-handed axes, swords and more. Attacking does not consist of point-and-click, but demands much input from the player. Both offensive and defensive moves are entirely directional and are executed based on timing, leading to realistic fights. Attacks do not only take places in the open, but small villages can be looted or burned (angering farmers) or a castle can be taken on in a full siege. While fighting, the attack and defence parameters are shown in RPG fashion and are calculated based on the setting, characteristics and the different levels and skills.
Because of the open gameplay however, it is also possible to approach it as a strategical and political game, avoiding combat altogether. At the start of the game the player needs to construct a history for the protagonist based on a number of choices, choose a faction and determine the look. While playing experience is earned to improve characteristics such as basic attributes (strength, agility, intelligence or charisma), a large amount of basic skills (both personal and relating to the party) and certain proficiencies. These can be individually determined for each of the party members. There are also unusual skills such as tracking, spotting, prisoner management and surgery. Furthermore the skill tree is multi-tiered, where higher skills effect lower ones, rule them out based on certain choices, or enhance them.
Next to the main game, there is a tutorial mainly focused on combat and a few skirmish missions. The game is available as shareware with almost no restrictions to the features. It can be played for 30 days or until the main characters reaches level six in experience. The retail version of the game includes a 60-page manual and a double sided poster with concept art and a map of Calradia created by Ganbat Badamkhand
. The title is mod-friendly with a large amount of user-created content and scenarios.
- "Way of the Sword" -- Original working title
- "Warrider" -- 2nd Working title
- "Mount & Blade. История героя" -- Russian spelling
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