This is John Watson (Founder and Technical Director at Stoic) here and I’m thrilled to share that our epic Viking RPG strategy game The Banner Saga is coming to the Xbox One on Tuesday, January 12, 2016.
We’ve been hard at work on bringing the game to consoles for a while now, but the process did take some time and presented some unique challenges. We had to ensure that the experience of The Banner Saga remained the same when you were playing at home on a couch with a gamepad in hand, so we spent a lot of time redesigning parts of the user experience to work better on the Xbox and with an Xbox One Controller in hand. We’re all very happy with the way the Xbox One version of The Banner Saga plays while still delivering that great emotional journey for players.
Blending an RPG with turn based tactical combat The Banner Saga lets you live through an epic role-playing Viking saga where your strategic choices directly affect your personal journey. Make allies as you travel with your caravan across this stunning yet harsh landscape. Carefully choose those who will help fight a new threat that jeopardizes an entire civilization. Every decision you make in travel, conversation and combat has a meaningful effect on the outcome as your story unfolds. Not everyone will survive, but they will be remembered.
The art of The Banner Saga stands out and grabs the attention of people wherever we take the game. Arnie Jorgensen was heavily inspired by the American master Eyvind Earle for the art in The Banner Saga, but a lesser known inspiration came from the children’s books by Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire, both Leif the Lucky and Book of Norse Myths.
We’re also pleased to announce that the game is localized in French, German, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Italian languages. We’re eager for people to experience this epic Viking tale around the world, and we can’t wait for you to begin your saga on January 12, 2016.
Thanks again for all of your support and a huge thank you to Microsoft and the ID@Xbox team for being so great to work with! We’re also pleased to confirm that we’re also working on bringing The Banner Saga 2 to Xbox One and we’ll be sharing more information about that very soon. Be sure to keep your saved games from The Banner Saga as you’ll be able to import your saved data and continue your exact caravan, character, and story choices straight into The Banner Saga 2.