As a game that has been out for over a year now, and one with an active community that anticipated it for years, Bannerlord sure is taking its time in living up to its Warband predecessor.
Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord has been in beta since 2020, and it shows no signs of exiting this stage any time soon. Many of its core features, systems, and mechanics are not implemented, bugged out, or just straight up crashing in the middle of a playthrough.
However, the game is being regularly updated, but it must be said that nothing will top the number of updates and patches when it was first released, and the most recent patch is a cause for discussion.
The developers have taken a good, hard look at all the complaints sent their way, and have tried to fix as many issues as possible, in the timeframe available to them.
The changes and fixes can be laced into two categories, that singleplayer and multiplayer. The single-player category has eighteen subcategories within it, on which work was needed to be done, ranging from weapon glitches, siege AI problems, through the user interface, all the way to saving and loading problems.
The multiplayer category has thirteen subcategories within it and shares quite a few of those with singleplayer but in other aspects. Connectivity issues, game crashes, and more infringe upon any gaming session.
The only positive aspect of the patch is the modding changes. The developers know very well that, while their games are iconic, the modders made them legendary. And on that note, have placed quite a bit of effort into making it easier for modders to create mods for Bannerlord.
In conclusion, Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord is now more playable than it used to be, but if you want a polished game, a well-made Warband mod will tide you over until you can have a playthrough without frustration.