PDA

View Full Version : The Banner Saga: Factions is live!



Sean
02-18-2013, 06:51 PM
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 official launch.

http://stoicstudio.com/uploaded/ks_banner.jpg

There are some special perks available this week only, and every backer has a special green jade stone shown on your combat emblem that is exclusive to backers and early access players that are yours forever.

From Feb 18th - Feb 24th Factions will be available exclusively to backers. The current characters, stats and rankings have been wiped for the last time and the game is essentially now LIVE, along with a fully functional tutorial. Later in the week we’ll be holding the first tournament exclusively for backers.

Factions will be released to the public on Feb 25th. If you’ve been waiting for beta to end before trying the game, this is your week.

With Factions’ launch, we’ve effectively worked out the thick and thin of combat and we’re soon on to travel and conversation outlined in the previous update, and thus, the single player campaign. Consider this the first major milestone on the road to success!

WANT TO GET IN FACTIONS BUT HAVEN'T YET?

If you haven't been added to beta yet but would like to get involved, you're always welcome. Please head to our forums (http://stoicstudio.com/forum/forum.php) and create an account using the same email address as your kickstarter account. That's all you need to do, and we'll send out keys and instructions on how to get the client on a regular basis.

From all of us here at Stoic,
Skal!

Sean
02-18-2013, 07:21 PM
Can't find your access code for The Banner Saga: Factions? See the following thread under the Factions Help & Support area:

http://stoicstudio.com/forum/showthread.php?882

LevelUpGamer
02-18-2013, 07:28 PM
Congrats for Stoic finishing the game. Can't wait to see.:D

raven2134
02-18-2013, 07:42 PM
It's the multiplayer for now :). Single player will be late this year/early next

bmacklin
02-18-2013, 09:29 PM
Woohoo!

anevilyak
02-18-2013, 10:05 PM
Congratulations on hitting this milestone guys! Keep up the good work!

Lord Huginn
02-18-2013, 10:20 PM
huge smile when the official Stoic banner opened the game. congratulations

Flickerdart
02-18-2013, 10:20 PM
Single player will be late this year/early next
That's what they said last year. :(

Still, my viking-slaying appetites are slaked for now. VALHALLA!

Darial
02-18-2013, 11:14 PM
So far so good. Looking forward to more players joining the MP fun!

netnazgul
02-19-2013, 07:23 AM
Seems like it's time to try the game again ;)

DThrasher
02-20-2013, 12:53 AM
Congratulations, Stoic! When I backed the Kickstarter project, it was for the single player game, but Factions has really drawn me in. Well done!

Seth Roivas
02-20-2013, 02:20 AM
Congrats you guys! I'm so glad Single Player is closer to finished. It's amazing what you guys have been able to make, and I'm so happy that you had this idea for a game to begin with. Great job!

Zomnivore
02-20-2013, 07:37 AM
I'm happy to see my money well spent. Here's to enjoying your game for a long time!

Net1
02-21-2013, 03:09 AM
Just for the record... "Factions will be released to the public on Feb 25th." means for free?

raven2134
02-21-2013, 03:46 AM
Yes, for free.

Golab14
02-21-2013, 07:10 AM
It's very good information :) Can't wait for full Single Player version with Skirmish mode against CPU opponents :)

Grunker
02-25-2013, 05:45 AM
So when will this be released to the dirty public? My calendar reads the 25th :D

Aesghir
02-25-2013, 05:52 AM
So when will this be released to the dirty public? My calendar reads the 25th :D

+1 to that :P Looking foward to put my hands on Factions. Also, we just need to get on Steam and looking for The Banner Saga?

Shomi Li Jones
02-25-2013, 06:59 AM
Yes, nordic gods, tell us how to download!!!!

raven2134
02-25-2013, 07:24 AM
Stay tuned! Should be happening within 24 hours. Stoic runs on CST and are based in Austin Texas. Announcement will go up when the game is live for everyone!

Sean
02-25-2013, 08:13 AM
Stay tuned! Should be happening within 24 hours. Stoic runs on CST and are based in Austin Texas. Announcement will go up when the game is live for everyone!

Correct! Part of it is also awaiting the fine folks at Valve since Stoic cannot make the announcement until the change is made on Steam. Once that goes live, you should not only see The Banner Saga: Factions publicly available for all... but also some new updates! We'll definitely be posting about it all over the place once it happens so keep your eyes on the News sections, Twitter, Facebook... the intrawebz shall rumble like it is Ragnarøkkr (but don't worry, it really isn't, it's just Factions going live)!

Grunker
02-25-2013, 09:17 AM
Correct! Part of it is also awaiting the fine folks at Valve since Stoic cannot make the announcement until the change is made on Steam. Once that goes live, you should not only see The Banner Saga: Factions publicly available for all... but also some new updates! We'll definitely be posting about it all over the place once it happens so keep your eyes on the News sections, Twitter, Facebook... the intrawebz shall rumble like it is Ragnarøkkr (but don't worry, it really isn't, it's just Factions going live)!

Sweet, good to hear.

default_name
02-25-2013, 10:11 AM
Oh, for Odin's sake, THIS TORMENT IS UNBEARABLE!!1 It's already 19:10 where I'm from! Valve, hurry up!

Sean
02-25-2013, 10:28 AM
Oh, for Odin's sake, THIS TORMENT IS UNBEARABLE!!1 It's already 19:10 where I'm from! Valve, hurry up!

Just remember, Valve Time (https://developer.valvesoftware.com/wiki/Valve_Time) comes into play (just kidding!).

Grunker
02-25-2013, 12:22 PM
18:22 here now. It's not going to make it today is it? :(

Sean
02-25-2013, 12:26 PM
18:22 here now. It's not going to make it today is it? :(

I know here in Austin, Texas, we have roughly 12 hours and 34 minutes left in today ;)

Share The Love
02-25-2013, 12:42 PM
Hurry the hell up!

Hopefully that serves as some motivation.

Grunker
02-25-2013, 12:49 PM
I know here in Austin, Texas, we have roughly 12 hours and 34 minutes left in today ;)

Hence my sadness. Today is my day off - tomorrow it's back to the salt mines!

Flickerdart
02-25-2013, 01:33 PM
Arnie needs to add a salt mines map.

Grunker
02-25-2013, 03:15 PM
It's on Steam now, but all that happens when you press 'Play Game' is that you're taken to the Community-page?

EDIT: Works now. Yeah!

Sean
02-25-2013, 03:35 PM
It's on Steam now, but all that happens when you press 'Play Game' is that you're taken to the Community-page?

EDIT: Works now. Yeah!

Expect the big announcement soon but:

http://store.steampowered.com/app/219340
http://steamcommunity.com/app/219340

default_name
02-25-2013, 04:50 PM
So... This game is aesthetically perfect and I will sleep well tonight, thank you.