Will we ever get Mount & Blade 2? One of these days, presumably. I played it briefly at GDC, and it’s been kicking around at shows for a few years.
But for now, Mount & Blade: Warband is still the go-to for people who want large-scale battle simulations mixed with silly antics. Multiplayer is 64-person chaos, and still draws in thousands of players every day, some eight years after release. It’s janky, sure, but the jank is what makes it work so well, with a sort of “anything goes” vibe to a game that’s ostensibly about medieval combat scenarios. And there are a ton of mods, if you really want an anything-goes environment.
$5 for potentially hundreds of hours of entertainment? Not bad.