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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Super Drunk Guy
( 10.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
This game is good as a curly fry in your regular fries.
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AleXandrYuZ
( 23.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Art....this game is ART!
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torrent of a goose
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
love the music but the game is very dull.

the voice acting at the beginning is excellent but then completely disappears and is replaced entirely by text of a type that might have worked in a batman comic but fails miserably to capture the atmosphere of what is supposed to be a mighty norse saga.

combat is dreary and repetitive and not particularly difficult.

the visual element is way too tidy and cartoony to really evoke any sense of danger or hardship.

this game is obviously well liked by a lot of people but personally i regret buying it.

i will however be buying the soundtrack ( highly recommended...and from what i ve read the

music from banner saga1 is even better).
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dboon
( 141.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
As a fan of a genre that typically features substance over style, this is one of my all-time-favorite TBS mostly because of the presentation. I get immersed in the surreal setting and strange viking characters and creatures. The visual presentation is artistic and often stunning, and the minimalistic animations and sound effects work brilliantly. The music and chanting is wonderful, though it didn't quite raise the hair on my arms like the first one.

The gameplay is challenging and slightly stressful, but with a bit of skill and/or patience it is fair. I find that most of the unusual design decisions are fresh and add depth and flavor, with a small dash of pain. E.g. I would rarely condone a limited save system as the one presented here, but if you play along, the inability to save-scum can be quite rewarding.

I recommend playing though once on normal or easy (depending on skill level), and accept all good or bad things that happen, and then up the difficulty for the second playthrough while maximizing rewards. There's not much replay value beyond that for either the story mode or survival mode.

Which leads me to my one major gripe with this franchise - BS: Factions was/is fantastically replayable, but it was eventually abandoned. I generally understand that the obligation to the kickstarters necessitated a return of focus to the trilogy, but damn, you had a glorious thing going there if you had just followed through. All it really needs for now is a randomizer with maybe a couple of trinkets thrown in, and perhaps a pre-fight 2-minute setup mode. If you could apply the same amount of effort to Factions that you applied to Survival Mode, I'd be back in a heartbeat. The additional units presented in BS2 make this wishful thinking even more painful.

If you liked BS1, you should like this one as much or slightly more, mostly for the increased variety in units and foes.
If you hated BS1, you're not reading this.
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Leftover rice
( 13.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
Major upgrade in terms of gameplay from its predecessor, and story is completely enthralling. Playing the 1st is not necessary, but highly encouraged since you keep your upgraded units strong. Also, the choices you made in the first game carry over into the second. The ending is somewhat questionable in terms of writing, but I will be playing through this game for quite a while.
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Xjandinast
( 14.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
Product received for free
I have never played the first one but it welcomes me with open arms then hurled me into an amazing adventure. What makes this game compelling even to new players is the feeling in an original story that has interesting characters to care, use or hate. The other amazing part of the game is managing your resources and time to prepare for anything ahead. The Norse lore is quite fascinating and is well integrated to the livelihood/power/pride of the people living in it. Each chapter gives a challenge to the player and helps them explore new ways to enjoy a fight.

Now for the cons I mainly have gripes on a few issues like the training portions in which they have glitches of disregarding objectives or War Horn is not responding, even in normal mode you may gain 7 waves of skulking minions, some choices for outside assistance like side archers are not helpful and some of the conversation choices are just going to ♥♥♥♥ people off(applicable on both genders). The Banner Saga 2 as a whole is a great strategic game, cool Nordic lore and compelling combat with interesting mechanics that aren’t hard to learn or make new strategies of your own.


Pros

+ Fun turn-based strategy
+ Interesting characters
+ Compelling story
+ Cool art and epic soundtrack

Cons

- Useless assets
- Few glitches
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RaveDigger
( 14.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
Just like the first game the story, artwork, characters, and music are all fantastic. Highly reccomended. Significant improvements have been made to the gameplay as well (more character-types, items, etc). On top of continuing the story, I recommend play the original first because it will carry over your progress (characters, levels, items) Only a few problems:

-Very few wars compared to the first game. This makes fighters fairly useless, especially since there is an achievement for getting 300 clansmens to the end of the game. Also clansmen can be used to forage for food so you can save your renown resource for items and leveling

-Barricades. The developers make a big deal about the introduction of barricades in the first fight of the game and then there are only a handful of fights with barricades.

-Some choices from the first game left abandoned (dredge baby just disappears?)

-The ending leaves more questions than answers than a Game of Thrones season finale. Although this could be expected from the 2nd part of a trilogy.

Otherwise this is an amazing game, especially if you like making difficult choices that add to replayability and turnbased combat.

I'll end this review with the tip. Remember the less-than-useful Eirik from the first game? Take him with you when Rook's party pisses off Kragsmen and you can get him a War-Bear than he can summon each battle, 10/10 would maul again.



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AccidentlyOnPurpose
( 12.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
10/10 - I Guess You Can’t CAN Improve on Perfect.

It’s always nerve racking when I begin a sequel of a series I adore. I believed this high standard that was established couldn't be lived up to… and it wasn’t… it was exceeded!! Your choices from the first offering can be uploaded and change the dynamic of the second game, but it’s not required to enjoy this title.

The story picks up where the other left off, following our heroes as they continue to battle against impossible odds in an attempt to circumnavigate the ever deteriorating wasteland. Making matter worse; our heroes must stay ahead of a deadly enemy that is sweeping through the world destroying everything in it’s wake.

The most notable improvements on the first game include a pretty sweet survival mode that consists of 40 waves; any characters you have unlocked during the campaign can be called upon to form your army. This is straight waves of turn-based combat but definitely worth a go… and it’s in beta so it will continue to evolve.

Next, I was impressed with the combat improvements. I felt the AI was much more intuitive and found myself struggling to survive in the beginning; since survival of your group is the only objective this can cause some tense moments and cause you to carefully plan for combat.

Overall, this game really improved on an already stellar offering. You get another 10-14 riveting campaign and a fun survival mode which just adds to the depth of content. Worth full price; usually on sale now so grab it!

(Vacation Review #4 of 28)

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Mordscythe
( 62.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
if you enjoyed banner saga the first then you will LOVE this follow up. its everything you loved and all the addons that you wanted in a great story. i honestly cant put this down since its release.
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WormUp
( 10.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
Masterpiece!!!
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
10/10 - I Guess You Can’t CAN Improve on Perfect.

It’s always nerve racking when I begin a sequel of a series I adore. I believed this high standard that was established couldn't be lived up to… and it wasn’t… it was exceeded!! Your choices from the first offering can be uploaded and change the dynamic of the second game, but it’s not required to enjoy this title.

The story picks up where the other left off, following our heroes as they continue to battle against impossible odds in an attempt to circumnavigate the ever deteriorating wasteland. Making matter worse; our heroes must stay ahead of a deadly enemy that is sweeping through the world destroying everything in it’s wake.

The most notable improvements on the first game include a pretty sweet survival mode that consists of 40 waves; any characters you have unlocked during the campaign can be called upon to form your army. This is straight waves of turn-based combat but definitely worth a go… and it’s in beta so it will continue to evolve.

Next, I was impressed with the combat improvements. I felt the AI was much more intuitive and found myself struggling to survive in the beginning; since survival of your group is the only objective this can cause some tense moments and cause you to carefully plan for combat.

Overall, this game really improved on an already stellar offering. You get another 10-14 riveting campaign and a fun survival mode which just adds to the depth of content. Worth full price; usually on sale now so grab it!

(Vacation Review #4 of 28)

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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
I really love this game. I played the original Banner Saga a couple years ago and fell in love with the art style and the characters. I didn't even realize this game had come out until I saw it during the steam sale. I instantly bought it and think it is even better than the first one. The combat feels better to me, and the scale is more epic. If you like tactical games, I would highly recommend this.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
The second game in the Banner Saga Series, but no less beautiful or original. The story take more than one surprising turn, and you meet interesting new characters as well as races.

Pros:
+ I didn't think it was possible, but the visuals are even more elaborate in BS2, with short but high end animations. No lazy re-use of old character bases or backgrounds, originality also here up to par with the first game.
+ I appreciated that clansmen are now able to collect food, since supplies always were a problem for me in the first game and the clansmen were pretty much dead-weight. Also, I haven't run into any bugs so I'm guessing the devs really learned from the feedback they got first time around.
+ Again, the story is still super interesting, now with even more aspects and point of views. It's a fascinating way of story-telling, even though sometimes I did just want to stick to Rook's/Alette's group.


Cons:
- Some things in the plot did seem forced or out of character. But it isn't a major issue.
- I was once again surprised by how short the game was. I was done with my first playthtough after only 12h. This is probably the only issue I have with the game series. I was pretty dissapointed and at this point I'm bound to buy the third game. It's a good marketing staregy, I guess.


For people who haven't played BS1, there is a pretty self explanatory introduction, so you could start playing the second game directly. Now I wouldn't recommend it, because the first game is as much as an experience as the second, but I do suggest buying it on sale and not full price, considering it's expensive for the limited content it offers.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
25.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
As somber and beautiful as the first game.
Combat has evolved slightly. It can be challenging even on lower difficulty settings.

The story is a seamless continuation of the first game and told through hard choices and even small cutscenes.

If you liked the first game, this is a must buy.
I've fallen deeply in love with the world and the characters of "The Banner Saga" and can't wait for the third installment.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
I enjoyed the first part and I LOVED the second part!

First things first, what part 2 made better than the first:

- More variaties in battles (obstacles, new class (bard), battles where attacking isn't the key to win)
- The training! Now you can finally take on the slackers that are usually left behind
- Way more Renown to obtain and more supplies to buy

The story is great, and the gameplay very atmospheric.

The hard difficulty expects you to use every strategy trick up your sleeve, as even on easy difficulty, you can bring yourself up in a situation where your characters are under leveled and helpless against a horde of dredge.

Buy the game, if you enjoy a good turn based strategy game. And also if you like viking themes games as well :D
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
9/10

Similar to the first one, I got this game under several friends recommendations.

I really enjoyed the experience of the second game, similar to the first. It felt like they took a majority of what they did right in the first, and built on top of it. Even better, they added a Survival Mode (which is eating up all my time, the achievement goals for it really make it challenging too, if you're into that). I like how you are also rewarded for actually trying to get the achievements in the game, that's something that is quite rare, but was a nice feature for someone who likes to try and get them all anyways!

I've played through the story twice, though I probably won't play through it again, if only, because I find survival mode more entertaining. (Not to take away from the story / campaign, it was awesome!)

For those who want to try Survival Mode, I do suggest you at least complete the story once, so that it does not spoil anything for you! (If you don't care, then by all means, go ahead and play it)

Overall, I think this game was incredible, and I can't wait to see what other RPG games Stoic can develop. (Fingers crossed for a Banner Saga 3!)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
141.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
As a fan of a genre that typically features substance over style, this is one of my all-time-favorite TBS mostly because of the presentation. I get immersed in the surreal setting and strange viking characters and creatures. The visual presentation is artistic and often stunning, and the minimalistic animations and sound effects work brilliantly. The music and chanting is wonderful, though it didn't quite raise the hair on my arms like the first one.

The gameplay is challenging and slightly stressful, but with a bit of skill and/or patience it is fair. I find that most of the unusual design decisions are fresh and add depth and flavor, with a small dash of pain. E.g. I would rarely condone a limited save system as the one presented here, but if you play along, the inability to save-scum can be quite rewarding.

I recommend playing though once on normal or easy (depending on skill level), and accept all good or bad things that happen, and then up the difficulty for the second playthrough while maximizing rewards. There's not much replay value beyond that for either the story mode or survival mode.

Which leads me to my one major gripe with this franchise - BS: Factions was/is fantastically replayable, but it was eventually abandoned. I generally understand that the obligation to the kickstarters necessitated a return of focus to the trilogy, but damn, you had a glorious thing going there if you had just followed through. All it really needs for now is a randomizer with maybe a couple of trinkets thrown in, and perhaps a pre-fight 2-minute setup mode. If you could apply the same amount of effort to Factions that you applied to Survival Mode, I'd be back in a heartbeat. The additional units presented in BS2 make this wishful thinking even more painful.

If you liked BS1, you should like this one as much or slightly more, mostly for the increased variety in units and foes.
If you hated BS1, you're not reading this.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
If you played the Banner Saga, you will enjoy this one. There is not a lot of changes, but the ones implemented make the game more enjoyable (for example, the amount of renown to level up your characters is not that punishing, and now you feel that training in the camp is more rewarding...). The story and the soundtrack keep the level of the first game . Let's see now what the third installment of the Saga brings us.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
The Good:
+Artwork (Just as good, if not better than the first Banner Saga)
+Storyline (interactive and interesting - for the majority of the time)
+Personalization (choices do impact how things work out)
+Review of Original Storyline
+Great explanation of mechanics (Learned many things I didn't know in the first game)
+Fixed problems from first game (more ways to get supplies, renown worth more)
+Turn based mechanics are good (lots of options for different strategies)
+Feels very Oregon Trail-esque

The Bad:
-Forced to use certain heroes that you may not have promoted because you didn't know they would need to be used
-Not knowing how long it will take to get from one place to another makes it hard to plan apporpriately with supplies
-Some abilities seem useless in combat

The Ugly:
- GAME ENDING - The ending has to be the worst ending to a game I have ever seen. It seems as if the creators must be setting up for a third game, but they did not leave any closure on this game at all and it was simply terrible.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Fantastic story telling in a turnbased, tactical RPG.

Improves on the first installment in many aspects, while continuing the storyline right where it left off.
Great music, Great Characters, Great Story, Great Gameplay.

I'm currently enjoying "Survival Mode", a series of 40 battles where you start out with your choice of most of the characters from both games, and if any of them die, you lose them for good until the end. Really nice if you enjoyed the battles themselves, though this does not include the army management or storyline aspects of the main game.



I have a few complaints, but these are very minor gripes, and overall this is a fantastic game.
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Total Main Game is very short for a game with a 20 dollar pricetag.

While i love the music, one of the tracks was recorded oddly, and at the start of a battle every once in a while will begin with this terrible ear piercing screech. So you will wince in pain 2 or 3 times throughout the game. Not exaggerating.

Managing your food, buying items, and upgrading characters all had to be carefully juggled in the first game. This is no longer the case, most of the items for sale seem useless with your level 6-10 characters and you will hardly ever feel a need to buy food. You can spend all of your points on upgrading characters, no problem.

You have the option of carrying over your choices from the first game, which i did. But some of the secondary characters you chose to save in the fist game will disappear randomly throughout the game, as though they just Forgot to continue that character. One of their disappearances creates a big problem in the end as I totally saved him from dying in the first game, but a major plot point is written in that he did die, and they just ignore that i had him for the first half of the game until he magically disappeared on me.

A great deal of the game deals with dragging the dead body of the Final Boss from the first game with you. if they had more story to tell about him, they should have just done so in the first game, not recycle him to use as a prop throughout most of the game. There is an interesting Mid-Boss, but there is no real final boss at the end either. Could have done better this.

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