Mount & Blade Warband Open Betarised

By Alec Meer on February 19th, 2010 at 11:22 am.

Own horsey-fighty RPG Mount & Blade? That means you can go and try out the open beta version of upcoming expansion Warband for free. Right now. Go! Go here! Experience better graphics and multiplayer! Become a king, kinda! Get married! Help the developers by reporting any bugs you find! Have a nice day!

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38 Comments »

  1. skinlo says:

    Downloading as we speak. I’ve been looking forward to this since buying the game on the Steam sale!

    • MadMatty says:

      “Sir, i got a smashing headache… im gonna lie down for a bit.”

  2. terry says:

    Signed up, downloaded, got smashed in the face repeatedly with a claymore. Fun!

  3. Metalfish says:

    I’ve been playing this. There are two real problems: disorganised teams (all teams at the moment) have a serious weakness to cavalry. Secondly there only seem to be two types of game mode: insta spawning cluster-funk which feels random and hollow or CS style objectives where you only get one life and have to wait an age if you get sniped at the beginning for the next round.

    Why are there no modes that follow the waves of reinforcements that make up the larger battles in the main game?

    Other than that, I loves me some enormous axes.

    • Eight Rooks says:

      ‘disorganised teams (all teams at the moment) have a serious weakness to cavalry’ – gee, really? Frustrating, maybe, but not the kind of thing I’d call a problem with the game. Not the raw mechanics, at any rate.

    • Clovis says:

      I was pretty underwhelmed. It was exhilarating to run through another real player, but the game just seemed to drag. Too much waiting and then walking across a field to just get shot in the face, and then more waiting. I was maintaining about a 1:1 kill/death ratio, so I wasn’t doing awful, but it just got old fast.

  4. tigershuffle says:

    been playing beta since November…………… ;)
    still a few problems…….but im sure they will be sorted and anyway the original is still my fave game on pc
    would love a version on the wii…..but might get a bit of armache hacking 400 nords climbing up a ladder in to my castle :D

  5. Labbes says:

    I’m playing as Labbes, and I bloody suck.

    • Tei says:

      Is you me? I also suck at Warband, but I get good fun. Is one of these games with solid fun. I also feel that some tutorial youtube videos can teach me how to use some weapons eficiently, like the pole.

  6. PixelCody says:

    M&B is one of those games that I purchased on a whim for cheap but never got around to playing.

    Downloading the beta now, incredibly slowly. Does this include all the single player stuff? If so that’s very kind/trusting of the developers because I’m primarily interested in playing this alone and it is my understanding that Warband isn’t being positioned as a free expansion for existing owners. These guys deserve cash moneys.

  7. Dain says:

    Singleplayer beta is seperate. Has some cool stuff in though!

  8. DarkNoghri says:

    I’ve been in this beta for months now, and I have yet to try it. :/

    Heck, I still need to try campaign mode on the singleplayer.

  9. EBass says:

    To be honest I’m more looking forward to this for the single player enhancements than anything else. The potential for a great multiplayer game is there, but not a random deathmatch. Needs a persistent world. I could explain how I would like to see the MP work but I don’t have the time.

  10. TheInsider says:

    This is really old news…

  11. CG says:

    This beta is FANTASTIC and I recommend it for everyone. Really try it, and try not to get too frustrated at first, as it’s actually rather easy to get the hang of if you are patient.

  12. Fabian says:

    Why do I have to enter a serial code when it’s an open beta?
    Did I miss something?

    • Yargh says:

      ‘Own horsey-fighty RPG Mount & Blade?’ this, maybe?

    • Blackberries says:

      Yeah, you need to own Mount & Blade to participate in the Beta. So I suppose “semi-open” might be a better description.

  13. Davee says:

    Fairly old news, RPS! And you should also note that it’s multiplayer only, single player beta is still closed, so you might want to edit out the “Become a king, kinda! Get married!” -bit.

    Huge fan of the original game and MBW MP tester since about last october myself. It has some issues that could use some sorting out before release, but it’s till great fun, I’m even in an active clan atm!

    @Fabian; you need to purchase the original game to get in right now (using that key you get), so it’s acually more of a semi-open beta.

  14. Sweedums says:

    i cant get it to work…i enter my serial and it says no serial/email combination exists or something…. sigh

  15. Starky says:

    Open beta != everyone gets to try it – it’s not a demo.

    Open just means that it is open to more people than those specifically selected by the devs. open beta has never meant that anyone can access it, some companies do make their open beta’s fully public, but they are in the minority.

    The reason for an open beta is to shockingly beta test it, as such you want to give it to a community best equipped to find bugs, and most of al recognise bugs.
    People who’ve played the first M&B are by far the best candidates, where as 99% of the people who’d download and play your open beta if it was fully open to the public would use it as a demo, and nothing more.

    There’s no value in letting Joe public into an open beta. Just extra cost.

    Granted the confusion about open beta is generated by those companies who do use “open beta” as a synonym for demo – maybe because it sounds cooler or gives them a “beta” disclaimer.

  16. mcnostril says:

    I can’t stop playing this.
    It’s often frustrating as hell, but the gameplay is still pretty addictive.

    Still needs some tweaking here and there, but it’s definitely getting there.

    My main beef with it is that there’s not gamemode like Battle where people respawn in waves. Something like battlefield’s conquest mod, with respawn tickets and all would work rather well.
    It’s amusing that for a game which has a pretty focus on sieging castles, there doesn’t seem to be a capture and hold gametype.

    Definitely buying this, if only for the multiplayer (but I’m sure the singleplayer will also have its share of improvements).

  17. Dain says:

    Yes, SP beta testing is still closed.. I haven’t had much of a chance to play it despite being on the beta, but the planned features are enough to make anyone excited!

  18. Fatrat says:

    Been in multiplayer for quite a few months now, since it started i think… it’s been a while either way.

    I’ve found myself a bit on and off with it due to how annoying some things can be. Like someone with a 2 handed glaive/axe/sword can often swing like a madman and kill you because they seem to be able to swing faster than your 1 handed sword, even though the ”speed rating” is much lower.

    I normally find myself opting to be an archer as being a foot soldier just gets annoying as you’re either ganged by 2/3+ people after your team gets wiped out by archers (because people are too stupid to hold their shield up while charging) or you get shunted up the ringpiece with a polearm by a guy on a practically SILENT horse. I swear the amount of times i’ve turned around to a pointy spear in my face by a guy doing 30mph on a horse is unfunny, they must be using those new Audi engines.

    Hopefully the open beta will give me a chance to play with some people i know who own the game and make it a bit more fun and co-operative feeling.

    • DixieFlatline says:

      The silent horses were fixed one or two patches ago. It’s kinda freaky now when you’re defending, huddled in that village, with the thundering of mongol hooves coming from all around you.

      In addition, two handed weapons are now a little bit slower than one handed ones, but have the added disadvantage of being off balanced, which means you can’t pull back into a block very easily if you miss.

      The game has changed a lot over the last several patches. I took a hiatus of a few months and am surprised by the progress they’ve made.

  19. Davie says:

    Gaaaah dammit. Why do I not own M&B? What is wrong with me? After being refused the SC2 beta, this is not my week…

  20. Nero says:

    Very nice. I really enjoyed the single player game and just spent about 3 hours with this mp beta and at first I had trouble knowing who were teammates and enemies, but then I figured that only teammates have their sign over their head. Made it a bit easier.. Anyway, a few changes from the sp game which takes some getting used to but it’s still lots of fun.

  21. Al3xand3r says:

    I hope they didn’t focus too much on the multiplayer because it really is an underwhelming experience. The campaign improvements and additions better be worth the entry fee, I finally want to play M&B so that it resembled a finished game, complete with “end game” content and some kind of resolution, for those who want it, perhaps in the spirit of Sid Meier’s Pirates! (I know you can retire already and get some kind of score, but since every player can choose when to do so, the score is completely arbitary and pointless).

    Just add some kind of loose storyline that one can choose to follow. or not to follow, and have your character get too old to go on after a certain point in time. The more you have achieved, the better your score. Kind of like a roguelike. It worked great in Pirates! really.

    Of course keep a mode that lets people endlessly play as well.

    And improve the troop commanding, add a proper map screen, pause the action when looking at it, and offer proper orders for each unit to follow when the action is resumed… Also improve the kingdom management aspects, for those who take that path.

    M&B was awesome years and years ago but now it’s stale and the developers seem to increasingly focus on the least important aspects. Prove me wrong with Warband please…

  22. Al3xand3r says:

    Least important aspects beign the graphics, multiplayer, shit like that. And not even doing a great job at it, mods like Polished Landscapes do far more for the game than the supposed improvements seen in Warband, with barel evident bump mapping and HDR, and a few new armor sets and animations.

    • tigershuffle says:

      Its the exellent mods and to be fair even the not so exellent ones..that for me have kept it from going stale.
      The community have improved virtually every aspect of this game from graphics to actual combat physics which kinda gave the devs the time to start on Warband I suppose?!.

      You cant say there is a shortage of variety with everything from WW1 to Star Wars as well as a plethora of Medieval mods.

      I would guess that Warband will get some decent mods and enhancements fairly quickly too :)
      Its always nice to see a game evolve rather than disappear after just a few months which seems to happen more and more unless you part with yr hard earned for weak dlc.

  23. Pod says:

    2.3kb/s?

    ffs :/

  24. Andy M says:

    To everyone who is joining the beta directly from the recent Steam sale, I highly recommend giving the single player game some time first. It normally takes around half an hour for it to click with people just how good the combat system is even then (and how it works), so I am not surprised to see many of the complaints above.

    A few points:

    - Most important point: While you are learning and can’t kill many other players in a straight fight, you can still have a lot of fun and kill a whole bunch of folk just by listening to the guy dictating team tactics and by trying to be smart in other ways. Stay in groups, keep an eye out for cavalry and stay defensive until your enemy makes a mistake.

    - Initially the combat will appear to consist of swing-block-swing-block, etc, but that will get you killed a lot is because it actually isn’t (it’s largely about trickery, and if someone falls into a pattern it is very easy to kill them). This leads people to believe that slower weapons are always inferior (as somebody complained above), but this isn’t true at all. If you insist on going straight online, spend some time in a dueling server first (or go to an arena in the single player game).

    - A lot of people in the servers have gotten the idea that cavalry is always the way to go (and its what most fan videos show). In reality, while horses are excellent for a new player to get some easy kills against players who aren’t paying attention to you, it is actually very easy for a good infantry player to kill you in a head-on confrontation (unless you are good mounted player, of course). To the infantry guys dying a lot, couched lances are easy to dodge just by strafing a bit.

    - There is actually some variety to the game modes, it’s just that in the beta there are obviously not that many players, so you might only find one well-populated low-ping server at any one point in time (and thus only one game mode). Maybe that will put some people off the beta for now, but with the full game will inevitably come a flood of players and popular multiplayer mods.

    Sorry for the wall of text, but I just don’t want people to miss what is the best multiplayer action game that I have played in years. Finally, here’s a decent melee combat video, to break up all the bloody cavalry ones:

  25. SquareWheel says:

    I like how the URL is in the source code.

  26. Asdf says:

    Alternative link, since download speeds are a bit slow…

    http://www45.megaupload.com/files/adebc3db6105d26567b5b3b781cd8eaf/mb_warband_beta_upgrade_0700_to_0711.rar

    (This link was posted on the Taleworlds Forums)