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Rough Guide to Combat Trailer

By |December 5th, 2013|

Our latest trailer is now live — The Rough Guide to Combat!

We have released a brand new tutorial that covers the basics someone new to the game needs to consider when preparing for battle and the tactics they need to think about while in the heat of combat.

It includes a useful overview of the hero stats a player should keep an eye on as well as a focus on how “willpower” can also be used strategically to boost various actions in combat to take out an enemy. Watch it to find out more.

Announcement Video is Live!

By |November 8th, 2013|

Hello Everyone!

We have been hard at work on many different things, but most importantly getting ready to launch The Banner Saga on January 14th, 2014.  To celebrate this news we also put out a special announcement video which you can find on our YouTube Channel.

Check it out! As we continue to press closer to launch, please keep checking back on our site and in the community. We will be doing a lot more frequent updates, videos and more. Stay tuned!

IGF Submission Complete

By |October 21st, 2013|

Hello everyone. Over the past months we have enjoyed a tremendous amount of progress toward completing the game. Several key milestones have marked some very satisfying leaps forward. Getting a build ready for the 2013 PAX Prime allowed us to showcase the first section of the game. If you haven’t seen it already, you can check it out in Alex Thomas’ “Let’s Play” video series.

To prepare for submitting a build to the IGF we focused on the first third of the game, taking the player past Skogr and all the way to Einartoft. The story returns to Vedrfell in the [...]

The Last Part of The Banner Saga Let’s Play!

By |September 18th, 2013|

Greetings backers, we have for you the final installment of The Banner Saga demo. In this one we throw a fight to show off a feature we haven’t talked about much…

This playthrough represents a small fraction of the full game (it didn’t even include travel!). Hopefully it gave you a good idea of the kind of decisions and gameplay you’ll see at major locations along the way and just how varied your story can be.

Next time we’ll be back to more in-depth content updates as usual. Hope you’ve enjoyed the demo and see you next time!

—Alex

Let’s Play: The Banner Saga Part 3!

By |September 5th, 2013|

A short but important decision to make:

Plus some commentary! Not to worry, the next update should be a little meatier.

Also, want a much bigger and in-depth preview of The Banner Saga? Rock Paper Shotgun just posted a HUGE article about the 4 hours he played of the single player campaign.

Check it out here!

The Banner Saga at PAX2013

By |August 28th, 2013|

Hi again backers!

It has been a nutso month! We’ve been crunching (no surprise there), to get a playable build for PAX, which starts on Friday. We released some press kits in preparation and Kotaku already posted a news story on it, with new screenshots! Crazy!
Check out the other screenshots here.
We wanted to share the PAX demo with all of our backers, so what we’ll be doing is giving you a playthrough of the game and showing off the same thing that PAX attendants will be playing.

The bit I’m most excited about is that as we’ve always said, the [...]

Austin Wintory Live Orchestral Recording, Streaming this Tuesday

By |July 25th, 2013|

As we mentioned in the previous update, we have a gift for all our backers. From the desk of Austin Wintory:

For all those interested, I am happy to share that we will be streaming part of our big, long-in-progress recording session for THE BANNER SAGA! The recording process for this game has already been very elaborate, and next week takes a huge leap forward when I go to Dallas, Texas to collaborate with a truly magnificent ensemble: the Dallas Wind Symphony! This Grammy-nominated ensemble, led by the incredible conductor Jerry Junkin with whom I’ll be tag teaming, will be [...]

Progress Report!

By |July 4th, 2013|

Hello and greetings again for another monthly update! This time we had planned to give you an in-depth look at the animation process in great detail by the amazing artists at Powerhouse Animations. They have been working ridiculous deadlines of their own and had to delay the update. We didn’t want to keep anyone waiting, so we’ll do a progress report now and a content-filled animation update soon thereafter. I know many people were hoping we’d update more frequently with smaller posts anyway.

First, Q&A as always:

Q: When is the game coming out?
A: Later this year. We used the much larger [...]

The Banner Saga: Factions is Live!

By |February 18th, 2013|

A time of reckoning is upon us. All of us at Stoic are proud to announce, after burning the midnight oil for many moons, that beta has ended for The Banner Saga: Factions and soft launch is today!

What does that mean? In industry terms, soft launch is a short period in which a game is finished and complete, but released to a limited public.

Also, it is a thank you to our generous and wonderful backers to get a head start on the release build of the game. Your progress is being saved this week and carries over for the [...]