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The Banner Saga – On sale for a limited time!

Howdy Folks!

We’re pleased to announce that The Banner Saga will be on sale on Steam for a limited time. Go check it out and share the word while it’s 33% off!

Click here for more info – http://store.steampowered.com/app/237990

By |March 13th, 2014|News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Banner Saga – On sale for a limited time!|

Jorvik Viking Festival

Versus Evil, an independent game publisher and Stoic, an independent game development company, today announced that they have partnered with the JORVIK Viking Centre, to present the award winning indie game The Banner Saga at the JORVIK Viking Festival 2014 in York in the United Kingdom. From Thursday February 20th through to Saturday 22nd February (10.00am – 5.00pm), visitors will get a chance to experience Norse mythology first hand at The Banner Saga interactive marquee on Parliament Street, York. The Viking Festival runs from February 15th – 23rd.

As well as experiencing The Banner Saga hands-on on one of four demo stations, visitors will be able to get a special discount code, which they can redeem through the digital download service Steam, and have the opportunity to randomly win a spot prize if they come dressed as a warrior of Norse Mythology.

For more details about the Jorvik Viking Festical 2014 please visit: http://jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk/

By |February 11th, 2014|News|Comments Off on Jorvik Viking Festival|

A Heartfelt Thank You

The three of us at Stoic want to give a heart-felt thank you to all the fans who have supported us by playing The Banner Saga. We’ve gotten so many messages about personal experiences with the game that we’ve been quite honestly blown away. We didn’t set out to make a game for everybody, but the people who like it have been incredibly, overwhelmingly supportive, far beyond what we had expected.

Aside from the relief that comes with knowing that we’ll be able to keep working at Stoic for a long time to come, what has been really rewarding is the individuals who write to us saying things like “No game has ever been more worthy of the title ‘Saga’. A saga is something epic, something that will linger in the minds and memories of people for years to come. For that is what The Banner Saga is, a little slice of perfection that nobody else can spoil.” I can’t tell you how validating and important that has been to us. To each of you who have supported us to make this journey become a reality: thank you.

The feedback we’ve gotten from players and reviewers have really been taken to heart. We’ve already put out the first patch fixing issues reported by players about bugs and balance and after a short hiatus we’ll be coming back to work on the next game in the trilogy. If there’s one complaint we’ve heard over and over, it’s that the story isn’t done.

In short, we couldn’t ask for more, thanks to you.

-Alex, John and Arnie

By |February 6th, 2014|News|Comments Off on A Heartfelt Thank You|

Creating the Banner

The Banner Saga has been applauded by reviewers and fans alike for the art style, something we are incredibly proud of. We’ve seen such great fan art for the game that it made sense to ask our fans to assist us in designing a real life banner.  We are looking for designs based on the traditional Viking runic art style as seen on the Godstones in the game,” said Stoic’s Art Director Arnie Jorgensen.  “One way of recording history in early Viking times was for each family to contribute (sew) their own ‘saga’ onto their clan’s banner.  Similarly, we plan to include some of the best designs submitted in this contest to create a twelve foot banner depicting our fan’s experiences with the game, creating a community ‘saga’.

 

The ‘Creating the Banner’ contest is now officially open for entrants to submit their original ‘Viking-style’ inspired designs at http://www.creatingthebanner.com .  Winners will not only get their design included on the final life-sized banner, but they will also be sent a mini replica of the final banner for display.  Full submission guidelines, rules and regulations can be found on the contest website.  Submissions must be in by 11:59pm PT on Thursday March 13th, 2014.
 

By |January 30th, 2014|News|Comments Off on Creating the Banner|

The Banner Saga

Two years ago, the three of us at Stoic set out to make an epic viking game: The Banner Saga. We did, and people loved it, so we’re making another one. We won’t make a viking saga without the word Saga, and we don’t appreciate anyone telling us we can’t.

King.com claims they’re not attempting to prevent us from using The Banner Saga, and yet their legal opposition to our trademark filing remains.

We’re humbled by the outpouring of support and honored to have others stand with us for the right to their own Saga. We just want to make great games.

 

 

By |January 23rd, 2014|News|Comments Off on The Banner Saga|

Our First Patch

We are planning on putting the patch up first thing tomorrow (Wednesday January 22nd) at 9-10 AM CST. Here are the release notes:
By |January 22nd, 2014|News|Comments Off on Our First Patch|

String Saga: Quartet launches music video based on Viking-inspired video game

“Sean Pennington, Mogley Samter, Kveldulf Haursson, Anthony Barker, Michael Lancaster, & Eugene Taylor ready for action at the set.” — Photo by Mark Anthony String Saga: Quartet launches music video based on Viking-inspired video game By Jenka Eusebio In the world of tactical RPGs, The Banner Saga promises nothing short of epic: stunning visuals, gripping gameplay, compelling plot, and an ambitious score composed by Grammy nominee Austin Wintory have come together to form a work of art inspired by Viking legend. Backed by a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign that raised over $700,000, indie game developer Stoic firmly roots The Banner Saga on nostalgic territory. The game features hand drawn 2D animation sequences which hark back to the golden age of American animation and storytelling that doesn’t cut corners. Rolling out before the player is a narrative riddled with classic, novelesque complexity. And so here we discover that time-honored, traditional artistic styles still pack a punch, and always will.
By |January 17th, 2014|News|Comments Off on String Saga: Quartet launches music video based on Viking-inspired video game|

Your Saga Starts Now

It’s official – we’re live! Thanks to all our backers and fans!

By |January 17th, 2014|News|Comments Off on Your Saga Starts Now|

Reddit Ask Me Anything

We’re hosting a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) today starting at 10am EST and going throughout the day. Please swing by and ask your questions! We’ll also have Austin Wintory answering some questions as well!

Our AMA is now live at http://bit.ly/1iqy68C – come join us!

 

By |January 10th, 2014|News|Comments Off on Reddit Ask Me Anything|

Last week for pre-order

We finally made it – we are in the home stretch to launch. In 8 days The Banner Saga officially launches. It’s been a long road and we’re excited to get this out the door and in to your hands.

This also means it is your last week to pre-order and get the discounted price as well as the Insane Viking Pack. You can learn more at http://stoicstudio.com/pre-order/ . Thanks folks! Looking forward to next week.

By |January 6th, 2014|News|Comments Off on Last week for pre-order|