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.
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Release Date: Jan 14, 2014

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April 18

Banner Saga 2 April 19th

Hello All!

Proud to have Banner Saga 2 launching at 10am PST on April 19th! That means you have less than 24 hours to grab the game for a 10% discount.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/281640/

It's been over 2 years of work, but we're excited to get all of you back in our world and hear what you think of where the story goes! Thank you all for the wonderful support, comments, and mentions. You all rock!

-Stoic

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April 12

Minor TBS Update

Hello All

Apologies on the delay with this info but we recently had a small update for Banner Saga.

  • Fixed recurring issue that sometimes caused the 'Continue' button to be unresponsive after a battle
  • Added new heraldry crests
  • Fixed some minor memory leaks

Nothing too crazy, but we found some memory things in TBS2 that we could easily bring back to TBS1 so we thought we should.

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Reviews

“Game of Thrones Meets Vikings Meets Disney. The Banner Saga is blindingly lovely and arguably just as intriguing to play. Built atop a world that all but demands the attention of travel documentaries, it's epic in the literal sense of the word.”
100% – US Gamer

“With a refreshingly unique aesthetic, well-written story, and challenging gameplay, The Banner Saga is an excellent adventure well worth your time.”
90% – Games Radar

“The Banner Saga deserves commendation for the strength of its art and music experience alone, which shatters conventions.”
86% – IGN

Coming to SteamOS/Linux

The Banner Saga will be available on SteamOS and Linux in March 2015.

Digital Deluxe Edition

The Deluxe Edition – Combines The Banner Saga with the official soundtrack which includes 29 tracks by Grammy nominated, and two time BAFTA Award winning, composer Austin Wintory, performed by the Dallas Winds orchestra plus a powerhouse trio of acclaimed YouTube sensations: vocalists Peter Hollens and Malukah and violinist Taylor Davis.

About This Game

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.

Key Features

  • Player choice that drives your own narrative – every decision you make in travel, conversation and combat has a meaningful effect on the outcome as your story unfolds.
  • Over 25 playable characters from 2 different races, human and varl, the horned giants – embark on your epic journey with a variety of characters from 7 different classes, each with unique abilities and upgrade options to fit your play style.
  • Strategic combat with consequences - victory or defeat and even the permanent loss of a character depends on which characters you choose to take into battle and what decisions you make afterwards.
  • The journey is as important as battle – your role in building and managing your caravan as you travel the vast frozen landscape is critical to not only your own survival but the survival of an entire civilization.
  • An epic Viking saga brought to life in 2D glory – beautifully hand drawn combat sequences and animations, accompanied by an evocative score from Grammy-nominated composer Austin Wintory, will immerse you into a fantasy realm inspired by Norse mythology.
  • Multiplayer Combat Enhanced – sharpen your combat skills in the free multiplayer game “Factions”. Compete against other players with many of the character classes you see in The Banner Saga.

The Banner Saga is the first part of a planned trilogy. If you complete this game, your unique progress and storyline will carry over to the next part of the story.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: MAC OSX 10.7.5
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: MAC OSX 10.7.5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • Memory: 4 MB RAM
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vilieto
( 7.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 30
Stunning visuals and unique story setting make the experience unlike any others.
While I do recommend it, the biggest con to me is that the game is a bit "silent". There is background music going at all times, but the lack of voice acting and more sound effects make for a very silent and even tiring at times experience.
This also made it difficult to better understand the main characters and they seemed mostly the same. This could've also been solved by simply having less main characters (I believe there are around 30), so the dialogue is more focused on their stories and development.
I still think it's an incredible game, and the cons are simply subjective.
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datherine
( 17.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 30
Really solid tactical RPG. Game mechanics are sound and add new elements just often enough, story is compelling, art and soundtrack are engaging.
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faedri
( 27.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 30
A huge fan of this game! The story had depth and was very moving. Gameplay was fun and awesome. I HIGHLY recommend this game! This one is better than Banner Saga 2 though. So if you're deciding on which one to get, get this one.
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TOOTR
( 28.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 30
So The Banner Saga - really enjoyed playing that. Quite a difficulty spike at the last boss which was so annoying I finally changed the difficulty down and finished it off instantly (at least that was an option. So would recommend fighting a lot so you are able to upgrade your warriors and make sure you have a couple of good archers in your crew, Looking forwards to playing the second one now.... and might play through a second time this first one to try out a few diff story levels and try a more aggressive approach. A solid 8/10 - quite original in animation and audio atmosphere and some on point targeted writing. Recommended for sure.
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waoetfi
( 39.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
Positives:
-Great soundtrack
-Loved the visuals
-Quite good story
-A lot of characters that you can recruit even thought not all of them get enought story space so you can see them develop.
-Liked the combat system.
-Liked all the different events you could encounter and decisions actualy changing your story in few instances quite a lot and the follow up events only happening based on your previous decision.

Negatives
-Bigest I have is the final boss... I actualy couldnt get it on the first timecause I ended the game with quite low level characters and eevn on second play trought where I read some guides how to get renown to level them up fully I actualy had to read guides how people managet to kill the last boss and even after that I played that fight maybe 50 time with like 6 different parties and had to even find my kind of own way to beat him, This was not normal difficulty and no other fight prepared you for this it was just too much.
-I looked to me that most of the renown you gained from fights whitch I dont mind buuut it did not feel right to fight all the time. I was leading a group of refugees figting all the time even if you have options to avoid it doesnt seem right.

Advice for others take every fight and dont level up your characrest right away.
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justus
( 12.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
The Banner Saga has a lot of things working in its favor and I certainly didn't hate playing it. But it has enough flaws that, after going back and forth, I came down on the Not Recommended side of the fence. It has some neat ideas but it never totally gels. I'll play The Banner Saga 2 and see if the sequel addressed the short comings.

The biggest flaw of the game is the sprawling cast of characters (24 of them total) makes it hard for most of them to develop, which meant I never really formed an emotional attachment with any of them. The core story is around Rook, Alette, and Oddleif. But most of the others get one or two scenes of dialog before disappearing. Bersi, Yrsa, Hogun, Mogun, Eirik and more feel like wasted opportunities.

Awkwardly, they all are available for your party in the final battle, even though there are no scenes or dialog featuring most of them.

The caravan management was a bit frustrating because it seemed to offer little impact on the game. You need to have enough food to not starve. Which is tricky when you have no idea how long it will take to get to any place. I ended up running out of food for long stretches towards the end of the game. People died and morale was low but beyond that it was hard to notice any thing. I eventually stopped worrying about it.

In the end, this is similar to Telltale games...but with a better game component and a worse story component.
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WildGoose
( 16.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
I just finished my second play-through of this game on normal difficulty and I can't wait to play some more once I pick up the sequel. I enjoyed the chess-like battles and the traveling caravan sequences were reminiscent of Oregon Trail. The Hobbit-style rotoscope animation ruled and was originally the main thing that drew me to this game. I had never seen a game made like this before so it was definitely a gem to look at. Musical score was really cinematic and went well with the tone of the story. I feel like there should've been more voice acting but maybe they made that improvement in the sequel since they have a bigger budget. It's not often that I play through an entire game twice within a month so obviously I'm recommending this.
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Toasty
( 12.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
When I first saw the Banner Saga: "Looks like a pretentious kickstarter flashgame got a little big for it's britches. Whatever, it's on sale."
After playing the Banner Saga for several hours: "IVER! NOOOOOOO!!!! Why God? WHY?" "Feed my caravan, or let them starve to level up my squad? hmmm..." "Onleiff! Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!"

But really though, this game will suck you in faster than you can possibly expect. The artwork is beautiful, the lore is unique, the story is enticingly mysterious, and while the guts of the mechanics seem pretty basic, you'll find yourself getting a lot more invested and involved than you'd expect.
If you enjoy RPGs, you shouldn't pass this up.
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HonkyTonkMan
( 10.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
An excellent and original work. As a big fan of the fire emblem series, the gameplay was quite well done. I felt very at home with the strategy elements. The story and art direction (the music in particular) were great as well. This is not a complete experience, however! Those looking to see the end of the story should not assume this title will give it to you! However, as long as you're ok with a cliffhanger, I haven't seen many indie games with this much polish in a long time.
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Nader
( 33.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
Don't know why you're even reading this review. BUY THE DAMN GAME!
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23 of 23 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
10/10 - Epic Nordic Tale With Turn-Based Combat!

This game exceeded my expectations on every front; I found it so enjoyable that immediately upon completion I purchased the sequel at almost full price. No regrets either!

The game brings together elements from several genres and magically blends them together in this Choices Matter masterpiece. The main point of interest for me was the lengthy, epic tale that unfolds as you lead your people through struggles of surviving a increasingly barren world. You trudge your army in a side scrolling fashion and frequently engage in grid turn-based combat which I love. This elements really reminds me of the combat style in the Kings Bounty series; if you liked that... You'll love this.

My first play-through took about 11 hours. I will 100% play this through again, maybe several times. Replay value = Very high! With over 25+ characters to assemble your army and hundreds of camps and towns to explore; you'll be sucked in quickly!

Overall, definitely worth the $20; grab on sale if you can but not required in my eyes! A must play for turn-based and fantasy lovers alike!

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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
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The Banner Saga is an immensely unique, and, by no coincidence, immensely good game that combines great artistic design and robust C&C mechanics with a highly entertaining and deceptively complex battle system. The Banner Saga has only a few outright flaws; the shoddy dialogues and the constant need to click-click-click through them line by line are a blemish on an otherwise engaging narrative. Moreover, the startling lack of enemy variety and the relatively dumb AI keep the battle system from realizing its potential for true tactical greatness. The game's system of choices and consequences also has far less of an impact on the story than Stoic's PR department has been trying to claim; nonetheless, it still offers an engaging and immersive range of decisions that will directly influence your battle performance and can occasionally result in major character deaths.

I suspect that The Banner Saga will always be the subject of great controversy; it has a kind of self-assured swagger, flaunting all of its little weirdnesses and weaknesses without making much of an effort to look like a typical tactical cRPG or a typical casual story game. The game features heaps upon heaps of idiosyncratic gameplay systems, like the strange combination of a broad C&C system with a fully pre-determined linear story, the fact that you will rarely if ever be able to see a "game over" screen, the "sit back and immerse yourself" approach to map travel, and a whole slew of novel and deeply unrealistic combat mechanics. You may choose to accept or reject these mechanics according to your personal preferences; all I can tell you is that all of these elements stand in the service of a fully coherent and extremely tightly designed gameplay experience that I deeply enjoyed playing through.

Full review: http://www.rpgcodex.net/content.php?id=9938
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
A strategy game for players picking up one for the first time or someone who only plays them. With some beautiful and unique graphics.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
The Banner Saga is a brilliant turn-based strategy game with a unique and beautiful art style. The gameplay takes a little bit to get used to, but it's very satisfying. The animations in battle are smooth and the abilities suit the characters.

The story grips you. You feel very much involved as you take on the role of a few characters and their decisions. Some decisions are incredibly hard to make, and you must face the consequences of them. Part of what makes the story so good is how well written the characters dialogue is and also the world's lore. There is a lot of detail and it really adds to the experience.

I would highly recommend The Banner Saga to anyone who enjoys interactive stories and/or good turn-based strategy games.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
Do I recommend this game?
YES, a thousand times yes.

Firstly, it's gorgeous. The art and the style are perfect.
I loved the characters, even the ones that confused me didn't feel out of place or pointless.
Gameplay is good, I like that I can relax a bit and enjoy the scenery sometimes. I wasn't overly familiar with turn-based combat, but the in-game tutorial was very helpful and after I'd settled in it stopped feeling slow/clunky.
I connected to the story, so much that I played it through twice in a few days.

Can't wait to treat myself to the next one!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 24
You will feel the consequences of your decisions.
You will appreciate the calm uneventful travels.
You will be helped and backstabbed.
You will fear, pity, rejoice and just try to find a way.

It is a story, a good story, and you will want more.

Oh yeah, and both music and artstyle are just wonderful.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
I am absolutely terrible at tactical combat, normally I avoid this kind of combat gameplay like the plague. That said, the absolutely beautiful art style and music along with the deep story was enough to compell me to try it. I do not regret it!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
I had no idea what this game would be like when I got it, it was very much something purchased on a whim.
However I am so glad that I did pick it up - it is a lovingly crafted and beautiful game, with an amazingly rich setting and background.
The mechanics of both caravan management and battles are simple, yet elegant. It makes for a very rewarding game that it is geniunely fun to play.

I would heartily reccomend this game to anyone I know.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
This game is amazing. For many months I had seen this on Steam and thought "It can't be that good, not worth my money" but my god how wrong was I. This game is filled with beautiful animations for combat, thrilling and amazingly written story and realistic characters.

The game has very rich lore that unfolds without you needing to collect secrets or some kind of optional trophy. The Banner Saga combines turn-based strategy with decision making, party management and army management, where you lead a warband in a struggle to find food and combat with the threat of bandits, weather and shadey characters along the way in a truely epic journey.

The story itself throws you straight into the sad world of The Banner Saga and only builds up to a more sad and intense tale.

The art style is unique and creates a world that really comes to life.

In this review I feel I still didn't give it enough justice, just please buy this game because I feel everyone needs to experience their own story in the game, something that Telltale didn't manage to capture.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Both painfully short and heart-breaking, The Banner Saga is something you will come to for the story, and stay for the fun and strategic turn-based combat that takes up a good chunk of the game. I would have loved to learn about the world, but at the same time I feel like the lack of knowledge helped contribute to the overall despair of the caravan and their own lack of knowledge throughout the game. I look forward to playing the sequel when I get the chance!
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