Mount & Blade publisher Paradox Interactive has today announced via the game's official forums
) that they will be parting ways with series developer Taleworlds. To help keep players in a good mood the Swedish publisher is also offering owners of Mount & Blade a Steam Early Access copy of Magicka: Wizard Wars to say thanks for all the fish.
Publisher Paradox wrote on the official Mount & Blade forum saying, “As of January 31st at 00:00 (UTC -08:00) Paradox Interactive will be handing over the reins for Mount and Blade back to the developer, TaleWorlds. It’s been five and a half years since Mount and Blade was released, five and a half years of sieges, tournaments and pitched open-field battles, and of course, the odd expansion or two!
“We feel honoured to have fought beside you and at our final parting of ways would bid our farewells with a gift which has automatically been added to your Steam library.”
Currently it is unclear as to which Mount & Blade game players will need to get their free gift, though presumably it will be any of the three titles currently available on Steam. Sadly this publisher severance also means that the game's forums will be shutting down, and will be removed someitme in the future.