The Banner Saga Returns to Kickstarter

Posted on 24 Jan 2017 by
L Coulsen

Marking the beginning of the end, in a good way, for the Kickstarter success story that is The Banner Saga, Stoic are bringing things full circle to cap off the trilogy with a Kickstarter campaign for The Banner Saga 3. Though reporting strong support from their publisher, Versus Evil, and strong sales of both the first and The Banner Saga 2, their goal is to raise a further $200,000 via the crowd funding service where it all began.

This may seem a curious decision, especially to those only externally familiar with the series, but it makes a great deal of sense. The Banner Saga is heavily themed around family and community, with the titular banner being the combined history of the entire population gathered beneath it. As such, this move echoes this sentiment, strongly demonstrated in the words of John Watson, co-founder of Stoic, who explains that they already have funding. Presumably enough to produce a complete product, but as with the two titles before, this third chapter deserves to be so much more.

Just as the vastly exceeded first campaign goal allowed Stoic to progress far and beyond the original scope, adding in a greatly expanded world and ever more intricate facial hair. So too, do they intend to make this final, closing saga to blossom into something, shall we say, truly epic.

I think their intention is clear. This began as a personal journey, supported by faithful companions (the backers) who believed in and stood by them through everything. And though it could be seen as an attempt to milk that loyalty, the relatively low funding goal makes it pretty obvious, this is about far more than the money.

It’s about family. Don’t let the Dredge destroy those bonds.


Official Press Release

AUSTIN, TX – January 24th, 2017 – Stoic, an independent game development company, today announced that the crowdfunding campaign for Banner Saga 3 is now live on Kickstarter. The 30 day campaign aims to raise at least  $200,000 to bring the award winning, BAFTA-nominated series to a worthy, climatic conclusion. The turn based strategy game, which is steeped in viking culture, originally came to be made after a remarkably successful Kickstarter campaign back in 2012 which allowed the team to raise the bar on production and development plans and saw the first game, The Banner Saga, launch to critical acclaim. Banner Saga 3 will be the third and final part to this epic, story-driven saga.

“We’re going full circle and returning to Kickstarter where it all began. In 2012, the backers were instrumental in bringing the saga to life, smashing our initial funding target that led us to increase the scope, fidelity and production values of Banner Saga, said John Watson, co-founder and Technical Director at Stoic. “We’re proud to be indie, and despite the stellar support we get from our publisher, Versus Evil, we’re not taking any outside funding to bring this series home, we’d love Kickstarter support to add additional features that are simply beyond our current budget”.

In Banner Saga 3, players will embark on their final journey beyond the wall of Darkness to traverse the world unlike anything encountered in previous sagas. The beautifully hand drawn Viking role-playing adventure will once again test the player’s resolve through epic tactical battles against deadly adversaries where a player’s choice directly affects their personal journey. The lives of your clansmen and their families have never been more significant than in the final act of the series. Banner Saga 3 stretch goals for the Kickstarter campaign will aim to enhance the game further if the initial funding goal is met, ultimately this will include more content to help drive the story and add even more production value to the final game.

The Banner Saga launched to critical acclaim and has received several awards and nominations, including winner of the 2014 Geekie Awards for “Best Video Game”, winner of 2014 Game Developers Choice: “Best Debut” award, finalist placement for “Excellence in Visual Arts” category at the Independent Game Festival, three BAFTA Award Nominations, and was the winner of Pocket Gamer’s 2015 Best Adventure/RPG Game and Best Android Game of the Year. The sequel, Banner Saga 2 has also received several nominations and award wins, including a Pocketgamer Gold Award, a nomination for Best Strategy Game at the 2016 Video Game Awards, and has been selected as a finalist for the 20th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards in the Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year category. Banner Saga 2 was also a runner up for Best Strategy Game in RPG Fans best Strategy Game and Hardcore Gamers Best of 2016 Awards and is available now for PC, Xbox One, PS4, Android and iOS.

To learn more about The Banner Saga Trilogy visit its brand new website at: http://bannersaga.com

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