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.
User reviews: Very Positive (6,740 reviews) - 90% of the 6,740 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 14, 2014

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December 31, 2015

Happy Holidays

Hello All

We're very eager to get 2016 started as its going to be a big year for Banner Saga content - including Banner Saga 2!

From all of us at Stoic and Versus Evil, we'd like to wish you all a very happy holidays and a wonderful 2016. Thank you all for your kind words and support during development. Wishing you the best!


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November 12, 2015

Banner Saga 2 and Warbands

Hello All!

Just giving you a quick update on The Banner Saga 2 and The Banner Saga Warbands!

First off - development for Banner Saga 2 is coming along nicely and we're very eager to start showing off more of it. Soon you'll start seeing more info shared via our website and our social media links about Banner Saga 2.

Secondly - The Banner Saga Warbands Kickstarter is now live! This exciting miniatures board game from Megacon Games does a great job of caputuring The Banner Saga in boardgame format. Check out their Kickstarter here:

As always - huge thank you for your support during all of this! Looking forward to seeing you all come back for Banner Saga 2 and pick up your story right where you left off!


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“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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP SP3
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
    • OS: MAC OSX 10.7.5
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • OS: MAC OSX 10.7.5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Memory: 4 MB RAM
Helpful customer reviews
102 of 125 people (82%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2015
Mesmerizing & unforgettable // Recommended even at full price

+ Top-shelf voice-acting (what little there is, unfortunately)
+ Gorgeous environmental visuals; backdrops have clearly been painstakingly created
+ Spectacular toon-inspired animations; work well in practice, & contrast well with the somber tone of the game
+ Soundtrack is quite moving, & is implemented perfectly
+ Rich in lore; the world map is a great place to read up on different regions and their history
+ The need for balance of supplies outside of battle adds significant planning & depth to the meta game
+ When the caravan is moving, the player is confronted with myriad choices (similar to Oregon Trail), most of which are difficult; one's decisions often have large ripples that deeply affect the course of the narrative
+ Combat system is superb; simple & easy to learn, but rife with nuance that makes for a satisfying experience (& encourages practice & experimentation)
+ Competent & well-delivered narrative; dialogue is uniformly well-written
+ Does well to showcase adult themes & the gravity of difficult decisions
+ The 'War' mechanic is well-handled, & adds another layer of depth & challenge to enemy encounters; choices made here will affect the enemy strength that you encounter, as well as casualties along your entire caravan
+ Balance of morale & willpower, on & off the battlefield, will keep one on one's toes

- Occasional, momentary drops in framerate during caravan marches

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32 of 52 people (62%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2015
Visuals A+
Sound A
Gameplay C

I absolutely loved the intro and the first few chapters. The story was interesting and the characters compelling. Unfortunately the turn based combat is uninspired and dare I say outright bad design. This is a game I should have loved from top to bottom. I love turn based games. But the movement, lack of terrain and outright poor combat design principles just kill it dead. Having your attack strenght directly tied to your hitpoints is one of the worst design ideas I have ever seen. It completely eliminates any kind of come from behind strategy. If you get behind in damage output you might as well restart the match because mathmatically you can't win. Which brings me to the worst point. Without any kind of cover or terrain the matches feel like math equations. You put damage A+B against enemy C and your outcome is X.

Mid to late game you realize that spending renoun on anything other than upgrading your warriors is a complete waste of time. Your people and troops are completely irrelevant and the later game enemies completely outclass your best warriors. You will also extremely favor some warriors over other less useful characters to the point of completely ignoring them. Since levelling is directly tied to defeating enemies there is no incentive to take less useful characters.

Bottom line, I bought this game for $5 and Card Hunter for $0. Other than the story, I get way more enjoyment out of playing Card Hunters during the turn based battles. I find this game to be highly over rated. Maybe because its an indi game a lot of people give it a pass. I wont be getting the sequels.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
The Banner Saga is a strategy RPG with a viking fantasy setting.


The Good - The Banner Saga has an amazingly well detailed and rich universe. There is a whole map created for the game that gives an insane amount of lore about the world. The story itself is much better than most fantasy stories. Rather than going for the clichè "save the princess" or "find the sword", The Banner Saga instead is about the journey of clans across their continent in search of safety and it is very well done. The main characters are incredibly vibrant and interesting from the stoic (ha ha), grim, and stern Iver to the innocent and forgiving Alette. I became heavily invested with many of the characters and actually cared about what happened to most of them. The Banner Saga also has branching paths. I looked back over the course of my journey and wondered how I could have changed things. The dialogue is also quite heartfelt and believable so that certainly helps add to the immersion.

The Bad - Let's get the big one out of the way. The game does not pace itself well at points. There are points where it completely rushes through areas that could have been expanded on considerably. The ending is also one of the most rushed I've seen in quite awhile. The final moments are just sped through with absolutely no slowing down to emphasize the impact of the results. Also, many characters that seem like they could have been focused on more get little to no screen time and some that seem incredibly important just up and screw off. The game also doesn't wrap everything up and leaves some loose ends. The game has so much potential and would've hit every note if it had slowed down and taken awhile to let the story's outcomes settle in and open up more about characters and areas.

Score - 8/10


The Good - This game is gorgeous. Every area of the game is brimming with little details that make it just a little bit more immersive. The hand drawn art style is perfectly done and should be applauded. The game runs smoothly for most of the time and has a beautful color palette that fits very well. One of my favourite art styles.

The Bad - While travelling across the continent there is occasional hitching. Nothing horrible but certainly noticable.

Score - 9.5/10


The Good - The music is beautiful. This game has one of the most fitting soundtracks I've heard in a long time. It's incredibly somber during heartfelt scenes and tense and fast-paced in battles. The voice acting is done extremely well and the sound effects are crisp and perfect.

The Bad - I feel like there could've been more narration and it would've added to the experience. There was barely any.

Score - 9/10


The Good - The game follows some of the basic SRPG mechanics and discards others while adding in some new ones that I feel mostly benefit the game. To start, the rock-paper-scissors style combat that usually shows up has been completely removed and replaced with Willpower, Armor, and Strength. These three mechanics work VERY well together and help give the game its own gameplay style. Strength is your health, however it is also your damage so when your health goes down, so does your damage. This might seem frustrating but actually works quite well and results in a lot more thought being put into moves as placing your party in a vulnerable position may result in future losses. The Armor affects how much damage can be done to someone. High armor means it is very hard to get a meanigful hit in and so it also has to be taken into consideration adding even more complications. The game, however, never becomes overly complicated and manages to still be easy to understand, yet incredibly hard to master. As for Willpower, this is probably one of the best features. Willpower allows you to do more than you can normally do. It allows people to move further, hit harder, or use their special attacks. This is great as you can use it as a way to get out of a place you don't want to be in or take that last bit of health out of an enemy. The party management is also interesting. If a party falls in battle, rather than dying, they are injured and have a Strength penalty until they rest enough. This means you'll have to rest and waste supplies, causing your clan's morale to drop, causing a loss of Willpower in battle. It puts some extra pressure on during non-combat segments. Wars also happen throughout the game and allow for several different options for handling battles giving a sense of freedom. The difficulty is also perfect. The game never becomes too overwhelming, yet always offers a challenge. Tactical, patient players will be rewarded while people who rush to kill someone will usually be shut down. Finally, Renown. Renown is the in-game currency and is used to purchase supplies and combat items. Renown is also used to upgrade characters so it becomes quite a problem for youself when you don't have enough to both get a crucial upgrade for a charcter and that really enticing piece of equipment. Overall, the gameplay has some amazing mechanics at work and can certainly hold a candle to other SRPGs.

The Bad - First, the game does not explain the consequences of clan deaths at all and there doesn't seem to be any so that mechanic is dead in the water. As for combat, the game becomes repetitive sometimes. Not many different enemies are thrown at you and so it may become a bit tedious at points. The final battle was also obnoxious as my characters were randomly getting stunned at random times and there was nothing I could do about it, prolonging the battle and irritating me. There is also almost no customization for characters. There aren't many different ways to build characters and usually your party is already decided due to low character counts at points. You can't choose their weapon and upgrading usually is quite straight forward. On top of this, many of the special attacks were (in my opinion) very underwhelming and ignorable.

Score - 8/10

Longevity and Replayability:

The Good - My first playthrough lasted around 11-12 hours. I still feel like there is a lot I could've changed and seems like enough incentive to go back and try again. There are also a considerable number of acheivements if that's what you're in to.

The Bad - Again, the game rushes through its story quite a bit.

Score - 8.5/10

Final Score:

The Banner Saga is flawed. Greatly. But there is so much good here that I really do have to commend it for its efforts. It certainly isn't perfect, but it has enough good in it that I can recommend it at full price, easily. If you enjoy SRPGs, fantasy settings, or beautiful looking games, then look no further than the Banner Saga.

8.6/10 = Very Good
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
The Banner Saga is a tale of Nordic legends, with intuitive turn-based combat and decision-based dialogue systems. With its beautiful style, strong characters, amazing soundtrack and solid gameplay, The Banner Saga leaves you on the edge of your seat for at least 8 to 10 hours. Winter isn't coming, it's already here. Best be ready.

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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
I don't tend to write reviews, but after finishing this game i feel really inspired to do so.

For me this game was a really nice experience, since the start i felt engaged just by the art, even if the game doesn't have a voiceover u can really shape the voices and the personality of each character in your head, the story is well made, really spicy with the decision making. Every time i had to make a decision i took like 5 minutes, because i felt that every decision was really decisive in the end and in some way it is!.

Since the start i felt a really deep connection with each character, regreting some decisions that i make down the road. The music also suits the game ambient pretty well, i enjoyed this game so much and i hope that everyone that reads this review does the same, this is a really awesome an emotional ride for everyone that enjoys really good turn based games with a good story and a vast variety of characters to choose from.
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