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The Banner Saga iOS Launch

Stoic, an independent game development company and Versus Evil, an indie game publisher, today announced that the epic Viking RPG strategy game, The Banner Saga, is now available on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The Banner Saga takes advantage of touch control capabilities of mobile devices to build an unforgettable touch screen journey.
The game, which received rave reviews and launched to much critical acclaim on PC earlier this year, has received several awards and nominations, including winner of the 2014 Geekie Awards for Best Video Game, finalist for Excellence in Visual Arts and two honorable mentions for Excellence in Design and Excellence in Audio at the 2014 Independent Game Festival.
“Since our earliest prototype, we designed The Banner Saga from the ground up with tablet and mobile devices in mind,” said John Watson, Technical Director at Stoic. “With its epic story-line, touch screen turn based strategic combat and hand painted landscapes that harken back to the golden age of animation, we are excited to now bring The Banner Saga to a whole new community of players.

By |October 2nd, 2014|News|Comments Off on The Banner Saga iOS Launch|

The Banner Saga Animation Process

As most of you know, we went an uncommon route with the character animations for The Banner Saga, deciding not just to do 2D animation, but to use traditional animation techniques to really achieve the old Disney "Sleeping Beauty" effect we were going for with the game's art style. This decision was based on pure madness in retrospect, but more specifically a deep-seated love of classic animation. We wanted the game to always feel like you're playing an animated movie.
By |August 7th, 2014|News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Banner Saga Animation Process|

Community Banner

Earlier in the year we held a contest for a community created banner. We got in a lot of great fan art and we had a lot of amazing comments based on the art you folks submitted. We want to say a huge thank you to Gamepedia for helping us spread the word about the contest, Without further ado, here’s the community created banner for our game. We’ll be taking this banner with us to every event we attend and we’ll proudly be showing it off everywhere we can! Thank you all so much!

By |July 15th, 2014|News|Comments Off on Community Banner|

Humble Bundle Daily Deal

We’re pleased to announce that The Banner Saga is today’s daily deal on Humble Bundle. You can grab the game at a great price, but you can also do your part to help charity! Head to www.humblebundle.com to check out the deal!

By |May 15th, 2014|News|Comments Off on Humble Bundle Daily Deal|

Technical Blog #6

John Watson has just posted his next tech blog on the forums.

“The wheels of console porting are turning steadily, but slowly. I am currently evaluating 3 different development organizations that can help us do the ports. The way our game code is structured is fairly esoteric, so finding the right people is a challenge. The task requires previous experience with a fairly specialized piece of technology (Scaleform). However, I am in discussions with some people with very strong backgrounds in that area.

Autodesk, the company that owns Scaleform, has been very responsive so far. We encountered some early problems doing a rudimentary wrapper for our game, and they were very helpful in identifying the problem and possible solutions. We have been using the next generation ActionScript Compiler (ASC 2.0) for some time, but it turns out that the ActionScript Bytecode it generates (ABC) is not compatible with scaleform. We have found a way to switch back to the legacy ActionScript Compiler, and those options are starting to yield results.”

Read the full update here by clicking right here!

By |April 26th, 2014|News|Comments Off on Technical Blog #6|

Banner Contest – Winners Announced

A heartfelt thanks to everyone who submitted a design for The Banner Saga’s “Creating the Banner” art contest.  We were very impressed and humbled by the effort everyone made coming up with their designs to show support for the game and some of the results were fantastic.

 

Congratulations to the artists who’s designs were selected for the final community created banner.

 

1.       Katherine from Farmers Branch, Texas

2.       Jessie from Austin, Texas

3.       Anna from Massachusetts

4.       StandSure from Pittsburgh, PA

5.       Ian from Eureka, CA

6.       Chun-Chieh from San Deigo, CA

7.       Brian from Boise, Idaho

8.       Noah from Santa Rosa, CA

9.       Tyler from Seattle, WA

10.     Oleksandr from Foster City, CA

 

Over the next few days we will be highlighting the winning designs plus a few of the designs that didn’t make it onto the final community banner but that the team felt deserved honorable mentions.

By |April 10th, 2014|News|Comments Off on Banner Contest – Winners Announced|

Technical Blog #5

John Watson is back to work and has resumed his Tech Blog where he goes in to detail on some of the things he is working on. You can catch up with John by visiting our forums – http://stoicstudio.com/forum/showthread.php?3227

By |March 31st, 2014|News|Comments Off on Technical Blog #5|

The Banner Saga Stream

We’re happy to announce that we will be chatting with the hitbox team courtesy of Indie Game Mag on Monday Night (March 31st) starting at 6pm PST. Come join the channel and chat with us and the hitbox crew. We’ll be live at http://www.hitbox.tv/IndieGameMagazine

You can also catch up on the exciting Indie Game Mag news by checking out the following link: http://www.indiegamemag.com/igm-and-hitbox-partner-up-to-promote-indie-game-streaming/

By |March 28th, 2014|News|Comments Off on The Banner Saga Stream|

Stoic Update

Stoic is pleased to have come to an agreement with King regarding Stoic’s The Banner Saga trademark, which enables both parties to protect their respective trademarks now and in the future.

By |March 22nd, 2014|News|Comments Off on Stoic Update|

What is Stoic doing now?

From Arnie Jorgensen –

Sorry we’ve been really quiet these days! Let me give you a brief run down on what John, Alex and I have been up to since launching the Saga and what we’re doing right now.

Leading up to the launch of the Saga we were working about 16 to 18 hour days for weeks upon weeks. No exercise and fueling the body on a diet of pizza and beer for long periods of time can really take it out of you. Since then we’ve only intermittently been in the studio. All of us have given back some time to our families who were as exhausted as we were. My wife has been taking care of my two boys. Taking them school, to cub scouts, giving baths, reading books before bed, camping, mowing our yard, making all the dinners, basically keeping the house running and doing it solo for over a year. The same holds true for the other guys in similar capacities. John, Alex and I gave pretty much everything we had to The Banner Saga, but so did our families. We wouldn’t do anything different. We knew getting this game up and running would be an effort but it was truly a labor of love (as cheesy as that saying is). Alex and family took off on a cruise, then went out to chill in Colorado. John hit Seattle then relaxed in Paris and ate really good fondue. I went skiing in Colorado then did a road trip to Florida to visit family. All of us needed to take a step back and enjoy life again…for a time.

That time is ending. We can’t wait to get back into the next [...]

By |March 17th, 2014|News|Comments Off on What is Stoic doing now?|