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The Banner Saga Gets an Early 2014 Release Date

/ Nov 14th, 2013 No Comments

The Banner Saga

The Banner Saga from Stoic received an early 2014 release date. Stoic’s hand-painted strategy RPG will hit PC and Mac on Jan 14, 2014.

Players control a caravan of vikings in The Banner Saga as they leave their homes to travel around a snowy countryside dealing with the resurgence of an ancient evil. The game takes its inspiration from Viking legends to create a strategy RPG rife with Viking motifs and a harsh landscape. Its visuals are gorgeously hand-painted and the character art is richly detailed. The Banner Saga mixes turn-based strategy with branching story decisions where player’s choices during travel, combat and conversations will have a lasting impact on how the story shakes out.

Stoic is a three man team based out of Austin, Texas comprised of three ex-BioWare developers. The Banner Saga resulted from a successful Kickstarter. Currently, players can enjoy the studios’ free-to-play multiplayer version of the game, The Banner Saga: Factions on Steam to get a taste for combat. The studio is teaming up with new indie game publisher, Versus Evil, to release The Banner Saga. Versus Evil is a publisher that aims to help publish indie games while allowing studios to maintain their independence.

The Banner Saga releases on Jan 14, 2014.

The Banner Saga

Tactical/strategic combat!

Our Take: Gaming Illustrated had the pleasure of checking out the demo for The Banner Saga back at PAX Prime and it certainly was a compelling demo. It gave a great taste of the branching decisions that occurred through dialogue and combat. Even in the demo decisions resulted in dire consequences, so it will be interesting to see how deep and far ranging the choices and consequences are in the full game. The combat was solid and strategy RPG fans should feel right at home with the gameplay. What The Banner Saga did that was unique was allow players to attack enemy armor to set up other characters to more damage. It added another layer of strategy. The Banner Saga looks absolutely gorgeous and the mechanics are sound, so strategy RPG fans should definitely keep an eye on this one.

 

Kalvin Martinez

Kalvin Martinez

Senior Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Kalvin Martinez studied Creative Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He writes reviews, prose and filthy limericks. Currently, he lives in Tustin, California. He is still wondering what it would be like to work at a real police department. Follow Kalvin on Twitter @freepartysubs
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