Roughly a week ago, the lads behind the Brytenwalda mod released the Viking Conquest DLC for Mount & Blade Warband. Replete with hundreds of cities to burn down and hundreds more people to bother, Viking Conquest promised a Dark Age Britain that is supposed to contain authentic scenes, scheming companions, bickering religious people, and… stuff.
The elevator pitch sounds amazing, honestly. Especially if you’re into the idea of having Vikings and British people butting heads. (Which I am.) But the Steam player reviews have rolled in and it looks like there are an unfortunate number of downward-pointing, disapproving-seeming thumbs. The main complaint appears to be the staggering number of bugs present within the DLC, ranging from missing textures to issues with the interface. The A.I seems to be atrocious too, although that may well just be the opinion of one person. Developers Brytenwalda (yes, that lot behind the eponymous mod) are patching away though, which is great because I hope continuous attention might well make this into a regular beauty.
Created for single-player voyages and multiplayer mayhem, Viking Conquest will set you back about £8.99 right now, which doesn’t seem like quite the ideal price to pay given its current state. While the developers slap on an additional level of polish, have a live-action trailer to delight yourself with: