What if the era of video game mashups was about to begin?
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Look for the term “mashup” in the Techdirt pages and you’ll see a ton of ink spilled on the topic. Most of these articles deal with the copyright implications of mashup creators, whether for music or literature. It is, frankly, a tortured landscape largely littered with metaphorical bodies of artists creating new and interesting works of art by combining previous works to create something new. Music is the easiest entry point for those who are not in the know. Take the music from one song and the lyrics from another, put them together and you’ve got something new and interesting. When done right, the results are breathtaking. So too are the constant attacks from the original creators and rights holders who seem to see this mashup work as a threat to the originals.
But what about the video game space? Search for terms like “video game mashup” and you will get lots of results, but all are arguing theoretical mashups. You can get a Cracked article titled “4 video game mashups too awesome to exist“, or a GameRant article titled”5 video game mashups that would blow us awayEven in these headlines you get a common theme: we wish we could have these things, but they don’t exist.
Well, at least one does. Crusader blade is a mashup mod combining Paradox Interactive Crossed Kings 3 and TaleWorlds Entertainment Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord. Confused? Well, that will take a little history.
Mount & Blade places the player in a medieval fictional world and allows them to fight their way to glory, fighting alongside the rest of their army, with some RPG elements. Battles featuring hundreds of fighters are really the sell for the game, however. Crossed Kings 3 is a great medieval strategy game focused on diplomacy, intrigue, relationship management, management of a family dynasty and war with other neighboring kingdoms and kingdoms. My last listing war was no coincidence. The bellicose part of the game is extremely barebones by modern standards, literally showing an avatar for an army that marches and then fights to a mathematical result. Think of the battle sequence as one in one Civilization Game. It’s not an afterthought, but it’s close to one.
What this mod has done is allow owners of both games to seamlessly use both games play both the grand strategy parts of Crossed kings and fight real battles using Mount & Blade. Yes really.
Crusader Blade is a mod that allows you to directly control all the battles that take place in the game using literally a whole other video game to do so. This game is the medieval fighting title Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord, and in the simplest possible sense the mod works by pausing CKIII at the time of a battle, switching to Mount & Blade for you to do. solve, then coming back.
And here you can see the mod in action.
Comments both on Twitter and in this YouTube video can be broadly classified into two categories. The first and most prevalent can be universally paraphrased as “Oh my god, I want this right now!”. Descriptions that this mod created “the greatest game of all time” are common.
But the second category can be described as a genuine concern that Paradox Interactive or Taleworlds Entertainment is sending cease and desist letters, issue DMCA recalls, or take action against the mod as some kind of copyright infringement. And these concerns are quite understandable, given all the copyright lawsuits that have taken place on mashups in other genres of entertainment.
To be clear, these fears do not seem to have come true yet. And to continue to be clear, such actions by game studios would be idiot. In fact, we can perhaps say that the video game industry is uniquely positioned to fully embrace a new world of video game mashup like this if this sort of thing were to flourish. The reason is that mashups like this require the player to have copies of the two games to make it work. In other words, this mod probably primarily does two things: give players of each individual game a reason to buy the other, and reward players who have already purchased both.
What does that sound like to you? Because to me it sounds like an amazing way to increase sales of the two games at the cost of not being fun copyright police with their games. We’ll see both if this type of gaming mashup becomes more than one-of-a-kind, and if the industry can stay away.
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