In the context: Modding has come a long way. By now, most of us are aware of mods that add completely new mechanics and systems to games, as well as community-created resources, and even DLC-like content. However, it’s not every day that we see two games merge into one through modding.
If you’ve played Crusader Kings III, you know that it focuses on delivering political and social simulations through complex systems without much attention to the visual side of things. On the other hand, Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord tries to be the most visual and realistic simulator of medieval warfare, pitting huge armies against each other with all the chaos, internal battles and bodies that result from it.
Imagine picking the best of each game to create a new one, and you get Crusader Battle. However, this is not a game. This is a mod that uses Mount & Blade II’s impressive mechanics to create the battle for the Crusader Kings III. The result of the battle is then transferred to Crusader Kings III, where you can continue playing normally.
The creator of the mod explained that when transferring data from the Crusader Kings III to Bannerlord, the mod calculates the size ratio between the armies and limits the battle to a maximum of 1000 soldiers distributed on both sides. The mod is also responsible for trying to select the most suitable Bannerlord units based on the armies of the Crusader Kings III.
In the future, the creator of Crusader Blade plans to introduce more units and mechanics, including sieges, duels, inventory and equipment systems, among others.
To install the mod, you will need both Crusader Kings III and Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord. After starting the mod, you will be prompted to specify the paths to Bannerlord.exe and CK3.exe, as well as select the language and “maximum battle size” for Mount & Blade II.
To find the paths to the .exe files, go to your Steam library, right-click one of the titles and select Manage and Browse Local Files. In the newly opened window, locate the bin / Win64_Shipping_Client folder in the Mount & Blade II installation directory or the binaries folder in the Crusader Kings III directory. There you will find their respective .exe files.
The first public version of the mod is now available for download via his page at itch.io.