The award-winning adventure continues in Banner Saga 2! This epic, story-based, role-playing game continues its emotional journey across a breaking world. Bold leadership decisions, wise use of resources, and skillful battle tactics are vital to ensure your viking clans make it through alive.
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Release Date: Apr 19, 2016

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June 23

Survival Mode!

A new gameplay mode that is all about staying alive through as many battles as possible! Choose six heroes from most of the 40+ Banner Saga characters, then pit them against dredge, horseborn, bandits, and varl alike. Earn Renown and an item with each victory, unlock heroes to replace those who fall in battle, and upgrade the veterans who stay alive. To play, simply click on the Survival Mode banner on the start screen of Banner Saga 2.

Survival Details:

  • Choose 6 heroes from a full roster. After you begin, you can recruit more heroes with renown.
  • Your progress is saved, but you can only reload a battle a limited number of times. You have 3 reloads to start with and you gain 1 more reload ever 5 battles.
  • Heroes who fall in battle are _dead_ and can be given a Viking Funeral to regain some renown and recruit new heroes.
  • Heroes have no kill count requirement for promotion. If you have the renown, you can promote the hero.
  • Battles have a 30 second turn timer (and 60 second deployment timer) to keep the action moving quickly.
  • Battle turn order is fixed from the start, like pillage mode.
  • Scores are tallied and leaderboards are displayed for playing in Normal or Hard difficulty.
  • 12 new Survival mode achievements!
  • One enemy per battle spawns with an item equipped. Kill the enemy, and gain the item!
  • Every 5 battles offers the opportunity for a second wave of fighting, which opens up the possibility for additional renown and items.

Join the discussion about Survival Mode on our Steam forum: http://steamcommunity.com/app/281640/discussions/3/

Other Changes in Build 2.30.120:
  • Fix issue preventing '+x Renown' banners in battle from displaying the correct renown for higher ranked enemies
  • Fixed seam in baldrungr's godstone background sprites
  • Fix reversed red/green coloration on DRAWING AGGRO items description
  • Added 'Consequences' section on Match Resolution that displays Injuries (or Deaths, in Survival)

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June 2

Banner Saga 2 Survival Mode Beta

Hello all!

We’re excited to see what you think about Banner Saga 2 - Survival Mode!

Survival Mode is a fun addition to the game that we’ve been working on. It’s still in development but we are at the point where we would like to get you involved with some playtesting and feedback.

If you’d like to learn more and join in, head over to the “Survival Mode” subforum for more information:

http://steamcommunity.com/app/281640/discussions/3/357287935542490493/

Enjoy!

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Reviews

“Even better than its predecessor”
9.5/10 – God is a Geek

“As beautiful and tactical as the first, but with greater variety in combat and story.”
8.9/10 – IGN

“A gorgeous, challenging strategy game that's starting to tell one hell of a story.”
Kotaku

Just Updated

Survival Mode is a new gameplay mode that is all about staying alive through as many battles as possible!

To play, simply click on the Survival Mode banner on the start screen of Banner Saga 2.

Note: This is a gameplay mode available to all Banner Saga 2 owners and not a separate DLC.

About This Game



The award-winning adventure continues in Banner Saga 2! This epic, story-based, role-playing game continues its emotional journey across a breaking world. Bold leadership decisions, wise use of resources, and skillful battle tactics are vital to ensure your viking clans make it through alive. Experience what took the indie gaming world by storm in Banner Saga 2!

KEY GAME FEATURES
• The epic Viking saga continues on – beautifully 2D hand drawn combat sequences and animations are further enhanced with special effects, once again accompanied by an evocative score from Grammy-nominated composer Austin Wintory
• Player choice that continues to drive your narrative – your story continues based on choices made in the first game as well as hard choices you have to make in this one.
• New Characters and a New Race – continue your epic journey interacting with new characters and a new race, the Horseborn.
• Improved Strategic combat with consequences – improved, more strategic battle boards enhance combat and permanent loss of characters will still weigh heavy on your mind long after the battle is over.
• The journey is as important as battle – your role in building and managing your caravan as you travel the vast landscape is critical to not only your own survival but the survival of an entire civilization.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    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
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nexusgamescollectibles
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Amazing!.. an exstordinary build of creativity, artwork, character & gameplay.. really this is one of the best! :)
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leomea23
( 54.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
improves on the first in many ways. great game
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Shig
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Wouldn't import my old save correctly. Couldn't continue my story, lost interest, got a refund.
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Lord Gek
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
While I'm sure Banner Saga 2's main mode is a great tactical rpg, I far prefer the new Survival Mode's series of tougher and tougher battles for highscore without a bunch of story stuff! I especially appreciate how I could jump right into this Survival Mode right off the bat.
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Remnant0000
( 14.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
If you bought the first you have to buy the second, and if you haven't bought or played the first or second, buy the first, then buy the second, to do otherwise is heresy.
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Moonbear
( 6.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
While not as emotionally gripping as the first game, The Banner Saga 2 had me drawn in for the entire time I played the campaign. The combat remains similar with a few new mechanics thrown in and getting renown seems slightly easier. My only downside is that they set up so clearly for a sequel when I thought they easily could have brought the series to a neater end here.
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SynfulPagan
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Eternal black screen after the tutorial effectively rendered the game unplayable. Had to get a refund despite how much I was looking forward to this game. Please fix this devs.

Ran the game on:
I7-5930k at 4.0GHz
12Gb Titan X
32Gb g-skill DDR4 at 2400MHz
1TB Samsung 850 Evo SSD
MSI X99a SLI Krait Mobo

noteworthy: all drivers are up to date.
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The Highwayman
( 10.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Very good game, not as good as the first one but all and all still up there
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Mediocrates
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Extremely buggy. The game quits to a black screen after the tutorial. I've updated drivers, checked local files for completion, searched the forums but no luck. Awful production quality, awful customer service.
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Lord Laramee
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Okay a game that is bugged and won't let you get passed the tutorial does not deserved to be sold to the public. Period. Fix it because I have high approval of the series.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
28 of 31 people (90%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
21.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Superb improvement over an already decent original. The combat is more interesting with a greater variety of both allied and enemy units and more in the way of battleground terrain and structures. The storyline is also improved over the original and the better quality of writing is almost instantly apparent. The training tent is also not so much of a white elephant and now periodically contains training puzzles which boost reknown on completion. The somewhat boring travelling sections have also been given an overhaul and creating a good balance between fighters and clansmen is no longer just random as clansmen can now be trained into fighters at the training tent. These fighters will consume twice as much food as clansmen and clansmen will now actively scavenge making them more than just the dead weight they were previously.

It's certainly an advantage to have played the original (and the final save from your previous adventure can be imported) as continuity is maintained with regard to storyline and base mechanics. But despite this BS2 remains a better and more well rounded game than the first making it a must-buy for story driven TBS fans. The only valid reason I can see for not getting hold of BS2 is if you absolutely hated the original - and why anyone would have is beyond me.
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21 of 27 people (78%) found this review helpful
32 people found this review funny
Recommended
49.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
Great characters, plot, and mechanics. This is not a flashy game, but it's got a lot of heart. And all the beards are meticulously drawn. There is a great diversity of beards in this game.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
120.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
The Banner Saga 2 it's more of a continuation than a sequel, but the improvements that this game has over the previous one make this game incredibly enjoyable.
I know some people found their experience on the past game quite challenging or even frustrating but in TBS2 trust me that you will enjoy this ride like you have never ever enjoyed a Turn based strategy game.

Improvements in common gameplay!
The caravan system has been vastly improved, now those lazy clansmen actually bring much necessary food/supplies to you! By hunting and foraging and thus keeping up your survavility rate! This allows you to do something that in TBS1 would be unimaginable and that is Purchasing Items from the market! Can you believe it? Well neither can I and that's just awesome!
There are awesome items that are worth every renown point.
Also random encounters generate higher morale stats which was something very rarely heard in TBS1.

Also it has as you begin the game, it explains to you with simplicity and in great detail on how the game works and how each thing works and why is it there and what it means. It's just like they took everything from TBS1 and made it a million times better and added a bunch of new cool awesome stuff.

Improvements on heroes!
Speaking of which, now your heroes can reach level 10! And whilst in TBS1 it costed a lot of renown, now it's much cheaper. PLUS! they gave us the introduction to new perks! Perks can make your hero into a tank, regenerate will power or armor or simply become a whirlwind of death.
Heroes can also obtain a new ability once they reach level 5/6! And this is fantastic as it brings more variations and new strategies to play with.

Art Department:
As expected of Stoic, TBS2 explodes to unbelivable levels of Awesome and beautiful when it comes to their art department, If you thought that TBS1 was beautiful just you wait until you see this one! The journey overall it's more epic, you see more of the world and it makes you feel like you really are a part of an animated fantasy film! But in this case of a different piece of narrative and art.

The music it's beautiful and if you are fan of game/movie music I highly recommend to get the soundtrack, because it just nails it and gets "them muh feels!" I would even compare the combination of both to a Jame Cameron movie in the sense of complete immersion.

The Narrative it's way more smooth, it gets more interesting and intense. Build up from the 1st game is given fruits on this one and naturally the gae keeps branching on it. We learn more about the world of TBS and it's people. Also the new Godstones are bautiful and interesting.

This game has more replayable value than you can imagine, specially due to all of the branching that it has "not only depending on how you finished the first game" but also on the decisions that you take during this one.
Even if the story is sort of lineal, it is really an RPG since your decisions really take a weigh and reward in this game.

It also left me wanting for more because it was awesome, and the new animation segments are great!
Seriously, maybe you think its going to be hard but this game it's actually easy BUT! it can also be challenging if you wish it to be so! It also has many surprises depending on what you decide.

So yeah! Go for it because it was worth every penny.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
Banner Saga 2 is an impressive piece of video game storytelling. The guys at Stoic really do put other companies to shame in the areas of story and choice/consequence. There is no \"good decision\" or \"bad decision\" (or blue for paragon red for renegade) in the game. You are simply given a series of choices with logical responses. You choose the response you think is best and sometimes you are right and sometimes the decision haunts you when you go to sleep at night.
This combined with a compelling battle system makes Banner Saga 2 a solid sequal to its predocessor.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
While I'm sure Banner Saga 2's main mode is a great tactical rpg, I far prefer the new Survival Mode's series of tougher and tougher battles for highscore without a bunch of story stuff! I especially appreciate how I could jump right into this Survival Mode right off the bat.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
The Banner Saga 2 is a story driven RPG with a turn based combat system. It picks up right where the previous game ended, with your caravan of Viking style warriors and civilians desperately trying to escape the constant attacks of the Dredge.

I thought the first game was good, but not great, however this sequel has significantly improved on some of BS1's flaws, and as a result I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of Banner Saga 2.

The Good Stuff

• Turn based combat system functions the same as before, but now has more depth and variety. Higher level heroes have access to more special abilities. One of your heroes, and a new type of Dredge, can turn invisible to set up a stealth attack. Another hero can summon an ally to help out. A new type of cavalry unit can retreat a few squares after making their attack. A couple of battles have special win conditions instead of just "kill everyone".
• The choices that you have to make along the journey are tough, and can sometimes have unexpected consequences. Its impossible to save everyone, but there were definitely some times when I think I made the wrong choice, which resulted in lots of people dying, and I felt pretty bad.
• The story is very well written. Its pretty intense and exciting for the whole game, and it ends in such a way that makes me very interested to see what happens in the next game.
• Music is excellent, sets the mood perfectly.
• Roughly 14 hours long, worth a full price purchase.
• Flawless technical performance.

Stuff that I would like to see improved in BS3

• Only a handful of key moments have voice acting. I want the whole game to be voiced - and keep the Scandinavian accents, because they're a perfect fit for the theme of the game.
• BS2 has a few animated cutscenes that allows the player see the action, rather than just reading about it. These cutscenes look amazing, so I want more of those.
• The player will encounter several traders along the journey, where they can buy items to equip on heroes and buff their stats in combat. But why can't we sell unwanted items?

Conclusion

The Banner Saga 2 is an excellent game, and it gets a really strong positive recommendation from me. If you enjoyed the first game, this is a must buy. If you never played BS1, I would advise playing that first, because if you start with BS2 you probably won't understand the story or who the characters are (there is a short recap, but its not really that useful).
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
34.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Much the same experiance as BS1, however built upon to expand gameplay, as any good sequel should be. The creators explain the additions in detail if one is curious.

A few items in conjunction with the new 'talent ranks' can lead to certain characters being slightly overpowered, but thats just in the spirit of the game. Breaking games with OP builds that you found is a rewarding experiance.

Overall, same time to beat as the first, so its solid in that regard. Looking forward to a third!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
If you bought the first you have to buy the second, and if you haven't bought or played the first or second, buy the first, then buy the second, to do otherwise is heresy.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
I can warmly recommend this gem of a game. The combat is fluid, the storyline is engaging and it made me sad several times when I lost characters I had bonded with. Noone is safe, and you better prepare to lose everything, but it will be a journey to remember!
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
I don't think this game holds well on its own.

Sure, if you're into turn based combat, you'll enjoy the gameplay, which has become more rich due to introduction of more classes, abilities and types of enemies, while keeping the beautiful simplicity of its core intact.

But as the gameplay is solid, this is not the central feature of the game. It is the epic and intriguing story, the dramatic and thought through setting, the deep and uncommon characters, outlined with the oustandingly beautiful art along with amazing music - all of that make this game shine. And trust me, you will appreciate how the plot unveals itself much more, if you played the first one.

After all, this is only a chapter between the beginning and the end of a greater story.

And if you've already learnt how the story starts, than this is the game you've been waiting. So good that it brings shivers through my body at some times, leaving me with a severe hunger for more.
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