In hindsight, TaleWorlds Entertainment's decision to launch Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord on Steam's Early Access was a wise one, but they now announced a new, streamlined plan to keep updating the game.
"Since the release of Bannerlord, we have shared a number of hotfix patches with you to address some of the most prevalent challenges that players were experiencing. At this point, we want to begin establishing a more structured patch process to better support content changes that bear a greater risk for your gameplay experience", the dev wrote.
As a result, Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord will get two additional branches - alpha and beta. Naturally, Steam's default public branch will still be your the official version, while alpha and beta branches will need players to opt-in.
Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord's beta branch is a safe way to test drive content for the public servers. TaleWorlds are hoping to set a weekly cycle of moving betas up to the public servers.
At the same time, the dev will ensure that Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord content on the main branch is battle-tested and ready for showtime.
As for Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord's alpha branch, this is where TaleWorlds intend to weave their magic and/or play around.
"The alpha branch will include content that is untested. It is intended for players, modders and explorers that wish to be as close to development as possible - even at the cost of stability. Our goal is to update it daily with our latest development branch", they wrote.
Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord has had a stellar start to its career on Steam, hitting the highest numbers for the franchise so far.