The Banner Saga heads to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 early 2016
Stoic and Versus Evil were thrilled to reveal that the epic Viking RPG strategy game, The Banner Saga, is heading to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (via the ID@Xbox self-publishing program) on Tuesday, January 12, 2016.
For those unaware, The Banner Saga launched on PC and mobile devices in the past to high critical acclaim, gaining several awards and nominations, including winner of the 2014 Geekie Awards for Best Video Game, winner of 2014 Game Developers Choice Best Debut, and a finalist for Independent Game Festival’s Excellence in Visual Arts. They also achieved three BAFTA Award nominations and won both Pocket Gamer’s 2015 Best Adventure/RPG Game and Best Android Game of the Year.
John Watson, founder and technical director at Stoic, stated, “We have been working on porting Banner Saga to consoles for some time. Porting the game certainly presented technical challenges that we needed to overcome, and gave us an opportunity to redesign the user experience for console controllers. We have managed to merge the story and gameplay from Banner Saga with a refined controller interface to make it a very enjoyable console gaming experience.”
“Launching the Banner Saga on next gen consoles is a huge step forward for Stoic and the brand” added Steve Escalante, general manager of Versus Evil. “With this latest achievement, the Stoic team is able to work on more platforms and reach more customers with its games and technology. This is not a small thing to consider for such a small team. Looking ahead at what this could mean for Banner Saga 2 gets really exciting.”
For those unaware, here’s a quick description of the game, courtesy of the official press release:
The Banner Saga is a single player driven Viking saga, where a player’s choice in travel, conversation and combat determines the outcome of their own personal story as well as the survival of an entire civilization. The game also features stunning 2D animation and art, a unique tactical combat system and a cast of unforgettable characters, all of which drive this epic journey forward. Players will enjoy a beautiful and haunting original score by Grammy nominated, two-time BAFTA winning composer Austin Wintory conducting The Dallas Winds orchestra, as well as a powerhouse trio of acclaimed YouTube sensations: Peter Hollens, Malukah and Taylor Davis.