We are proud to announce the eastern lands above the lower steppes are now alive, complete with three new appropriate major factions and a new land to explore.
- The Nihohei Shogunate: A nation that has taken great pains to modernize itself, and aims to conquer the entirety of the east, and wipe out their eternal arch-rivals, The Kingdom of Chengdao. But also a greater enemy is on the horizon, the westerners threaten to take everything from the Shogun and his ruling class.
- The Daehan Empire: They are a powerful nation that thrives on trade with the westerners, the western support they recieve and the vast wealth in their banks has made them a powerhouse that can challenge Nihonei's claim to the great east. Their cavalry are considered the most powerful and best equipped, they gallop across the land, trampling all that stand in their way.
- The Kingdom of Chengdao: They are a decadent nation that prides itself on it's rich culture, which has been to the nations detriment. The Imperial Dynasty desperately attempts to fight back against western influence, though the Emperor's generals welcome the changes with open arms.
Along with that, we also have overhauled the male and female faces (Credits go to Iboxtal and Thel for their great open source resources), added several new types of bandits and manhunters, and eventually we intend to add some new shaders to enhance the visual side of the game. As for town, fort and village scenes, several have already been completed; Though I do not think we'll be able to finish them all any time soon.
We are close-ish to the first release of 1870, bugs will, of course, be omnipresent throughout, it is Mount & Blade after all. But the game will largely be playable, so keep an eye out for an update on a possible release date.
Finally, your input has been excellent, the suggestions many of you have thrown at us has helped a lot in developing the mod.