Horse archery has been talked about elsewhere and not much is known about horse archery other than we are able to fire longbows from horseback. In light of this I feel that it warrants a discussion.
First of all for anyone interested the horse archery itself can be seen here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnNrHdihGSY at 10:29
Some evidence of horseback gunnery in 15th century europe:
Possible evidence for English horse archers:
A couple of thoughts that I had are:
1.We can fire longbows from horseback, will we also be able to fire crossbows and flintlocks among other weapons from horseback?
2.With regards to balancing will mounted archers have an accuracy penalty?
3.Will there be any mounted archery and or gunnery perks?
4.Will archers and gunners be able to spawn with a horse or will a horse archer only become possible if a spawned footman archer comes across a stray horse?
Pros and cons of horse archery:
1.Gameplay? some people enjoy playing as a horse archer (the devs had said themselves that they want accuracy but also want a fun game).
1.Historically innacurate- English bowmen were known to use horses for mobility but fought dismounted (If anyone has evidence to prove otherwise share it!).
2.Would require balancing.
3.Accuracy on horseback would need to be tweaked
4.A class limit or other method may need to be used to stop it becoming war of the mongols instead of war of the roses.
5.Warband-Khergit syndrome: many people find horse archers unfuriating to fight against and this could detract from gameplay and the fun-factor.
Personally I'm against WoTR having dedicated horse archers and perks so for anyone interested (for or against) we can discuss it here. I'll update the OP with any answers to the questions or any points people want to make.