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.
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.
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.