Bannerlord Rides Coronavirus Lockdown to Dazzling Success

  • TaleWorlds Entertainment’s Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord launched on Steam Early Access today.
  • There are already over 165,000 people playing on Steam, while more than 225,000 streamed the game concurrently on Twitch.
  • Lockdown measures and the broader impact of the coronavirus pandemic likely had an impact on player numbers.

After eight years of development that TaleWorlds Entertainment described as “blood, sweat, and tears,” Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord launched today on Steam Early Access.

That’s a day ahead of schedule, with TaleWorlds citing a “pretty ideal time to release a game” in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and widespread lockdown measures forcing many to stay home.

Following eight years of development, Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord launched one day earlier. | Source: TaleWorlds Entertainment

Over 165k Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord Players on Steam

The decade-long wait for a sequel to 2010’s Mount & Blade: Warband has seemingly not deterred fans – at least if player count is anything to go by.

Currently, there are no less than 168,026 concurrent Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord players on Steam. The number is likely to surge even higher as more North American players jump in this afternoon.

Mount & Blade II is currently the fifth most popular game on Steam. | Source: Steam

The figure has catapulted the newly released game into the very exclusive “top ten games by current player count” list. Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord now sits alongside illustrious company that includes perennial Steam mainstays Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, PUBG, and Grand Theft Auto V.

The game is dominating Twitch. | Source: Twitch

Paralleling this success, Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord was briefly the most-watched game on Twitch, with a staggering 229,000 concurrent viewers (down to 182,000 at press time). It currently trails only the Just Chatting category (265,000) and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (204,000).

Early Access Build Doesn’t Faze Fans

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