Multiplayer medieval melee Mordhau adds a bunch of new stuff

Kickstarter success story Mordhau promises multiplayer 64-player sieges and a combat system reminiscent of Chivalry: Medieval Warfare or War of the Roses or Mount & Blade, take your pick. It's currently in closed alpha and likely to stay that way for a while—unsurprisingly its release has been pushed back from 2018 to early 2019—but the latest dev blog includes a video that shows off some of the latest features to be added.

The first is archery, and plenty of thought has gone into ways of balancing various kinds of bow and also making them hard enough to use that archers won't dominate. Mounted combat is another new addition, with horses able to run down opponents if they have enough speed, and bonuses to damage both for and against charging riders who have built up some momentum. Hopefully, that will make horseback battling both risky and rewarding. Siege weapons, ladders, and other new features are also covered in the video, which is almost 15 minutes long.

Keys for Mordhau are being sent out to Kickstarter backers and those with Gumroad pre-orders, but everyone else will just have to wait until that "early 2019" release date.

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, Five Out of Ten Magazine, and, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.