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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August 16

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  • Stonesinger Rupture now deals explosive damage as a strength attack that can be mitigated by the victims' own armor stats, rather than a direct strength deduction.
  • Runic Gale Willpower buff subtracts from base and not from the buff after it wears off. This affects some other stat mods.
  • Eyeless' Infected Strike no longer wears off on caster death.
  • Improve video playback smoothness on some machines.
  • Add Texas Film Commission logo to credits crawl (before special thanks)
  • Fix primary cause of the dreaded 'AI moves but then does nothing else' bug. If an AI is trying to make it across the board to a particalar target, but cannot get into range, the AI will now attack something else within range if possible.
  • Fix occasional Survival Mode save game corruption.
  • Fix issue causing Defy and/or Protected flytext to appear when a character that was previously protected from death is hit. The flytext now only flies when the character is actually protected.
  • Dramatically reduce possibility of rectangular units ending up overlapping other units when moving.
  • Fix Battle info flag of enemies remaining enlarged after attacking them.
  • Fix More Willpower stars appear than expected when using the horn after selecting attack type.
  • Fix Spar's Insult ability can target and be used on barricades.
  • Fix Puncture bonus strength does not apply on Rain of Arrows hits.
  • Fix Eyeless' Infected Strike affecting both archers in Old Ford even if not in contact with each other.
  • Fix Stonesinger infection spreading to, and through, Skulkers.
  • (Gamepad) Fix problem selecting Reload Battle button in the options menu during Survival.
  • (Gamepad) Fix issue using horn _after_ the first movement of a male horseborn.
  • (Gamepad) Fix problem giving a Character an item in the Character stat Screen.
  • (Gamepad) Fix issue causing multiple battle info flags to remain enlarged.

Build 2.32.38

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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:

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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“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.”

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!

• 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

Mac OS X
    • 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
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33.9 hrs
Posted: September 24
The Banner Saga games are some of the best of the last few years. Outstanding art, storytelling, worldbuilding, and music. The "tactics" tile-based strategy is engaging (with a bit of a learning curve). The decisions you make throughout the story are challenging and matter. One of the few games I've bought absent a holiday sale.

Strong recommendation.
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12.2 hrs
Posted: September 24
I loved the first one for its interesting and and sometimes very sad choices and storylines and found most of them in this installment again. Anyone who likes story heavy games should definitely have Banner Saga 2 (and 1 ofcourse) in his/her library.
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0.9 hrs
Posted: September 23
After playing the first saga, now I decided to buy the second one, and as I expected, the saga did not finish just yet (after finish the second). I still want to play for the next saga, because I love the story in this game, the character, and the itrigue is so lovely. I can't wait for the next saga come, and reveal the mistery. Good job, you make me want to play more and more!!!
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Darth Hernia
33.4 hrs
Posted: September 23
Like the 1st game, BS2 is built upon a solid gameplay formula and fascinating worldsetting. Unfortunately, the execution falls apart. Stoic Studio behaves like that spiteful, arrogant artsy kid, bragging about the genius of their work but simultaneously mocks you for playing their game.

If you're new to the turn-base strategy genre, the game is going to feel utterly alienating. And Stoic really doens't bother to hold your hand. You're thrown into the thick of battle to fend yourselves. You're going to make mistakes and you're going to feel it. Not in a satisfying "everytime I retry I get a little better" kind of way. But in a "I'm hours into this playthrough and I just realized I don't have enough high level characters to get through this battle and now I must start all over" kind of way.

If you're a perfectionist then you're going to hate this game. The game doesn't allow you to make saves. You frequently find yourself having to replay entire chapters of the game to reverse a bad decision. Even that is frequently marred by the devs' sadistic, spiteful attempts at making life difficult for you. You want to get a power save to import into the next game in the franchise? We'll make it that the point of import is hours before the end of the game. So you'll have to replay hours of the game and watch unskippable cutscenese over and over again if you want that perfect save files.

Some games feel like a labor of love. Both Banner Saga games feel like labor of spite. Spite towards Stoic's own fanbase. As you play the game you never feel appreciate. You feel like a sucker sticking out throughout the deliberate abuse the devs hurl your way. Because they want to be "different".

Play the game game only because you want a genuine challenge, or if you really like viking mythologies; don't play the game because you want to support indie gaming. Stoic won't thank you for it. And it showed.
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7.7 hrs
Posted: September 23
Interesting and novel mechanics for a TBT games -- the way armor and turn order are handled is particularily fun. Beautifully animated and well-told story with decent characterization for a game with almost no spoken dialogue. The only really big cons are how short it is (took me 8 hours to beat on normal) and a complete lack of diversty in terms of maps/levels -- they are all flat plains with the occasional barricade thrown in.
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That Guy
16.8 hrs
Posted: September 22
The Banner Saga team seemed to take all the criticism from the first game and fix all the flaws that inititally turned me off from the first game (mind you, the first game I liked a lot). This time around your choices not only seemed to have a bigger impact, but it did have a bigger impact. All the little choices determined whether you got clansmen or they died/left, you could convert your clansmen into fighters, clansmen could forage for food, characters that left/died in your first game died, and the ones that stayed alive fought and had dialogue in this second game. Immersion and plot is amazing, per usual.

TL;DR: If you liked the first one, this direct sequel would make you very pleased.
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`Dear maN`
25.7 hrs
Posted: September 20
When you play this game you will experiance dread, fear, shame and anger just from lisening to the music and watching the screen move. 10/10
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13.2 hrs
Posted: September 17
This game is utterly fantastic. When I first played the banner saga (and if you haven't, definetly go buy and play that before this) I fell in love with the storytelling, the characters, the soundtrack, the artistic design, and pretty much the whole game. But The Banner Saga 2 somehow pulled ahead of it's predecessor. This game is very similar to the original, only improved. I still love the art as much as ever, the characters feel more fleshed out, the dual storytelling kept me more interested and ingaged, and the themes of this game stay right in line with the original. Overall I loved this, and despite the rather abrupt ending that left me longing for more of this amazing game, I will be replaying this and going on to buy the third. 10/10
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86.6 hrs
Posted: September 17
Cant wait for the 3rd one
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
51.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 16
Viking Trail: Tactics is back, and while the story isn't over yet, there's a lot to enjoy here. Stories branch in slight but significant ways depending on how you finished Banner Saga 1 (or who you choose as a starting character, if you go in completely new). Part 3 is coming, and you'll know it near the end of the game, because a huge plot point builds up, but isn't yet resolved.

Good for 2 playthroughs
Each battle is designed carefully, and you can tell
Beautiful art

Rook's story is a little more fleshed out than Alette's
The hunger system is even less useful now that you can forage-- starvation is never a real risk

Cliffhanger, because it's part 2 of 3. But, it does excel at setting the scene for the final game.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
142.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
A game that, despite its numerous shortcomings, picks up well from the prequel, continuing to excel at keeping the player engaged and entertained with its gourgeous art, gripping storytelling and intuitive combat system. Highly unique and would definitely recommend this and Banner Saga 1!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
The Banner Saga--both parts 1 and 2--offers a convincing mix of great storyline, gameplay and presentation. Part 2 continues the story of the refugees trying to make it in a dying world and adds new character classes and enemies. I am looking forward to Part 3.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
While the gameplay isn't perfect, the atmosphere is fantastic. A somber, nordic Oregon Trail.
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59 of 65 people (91%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
I don't understand how people could complain about this game being the same as the previous one. I think it's obvious that it's a direct sequel to Banner Saga.

The game is great, the characters and their abilities are even more original in this one. And I hope we will see Banner Saga 3, even if it's going to be "the same" - I will still play it.

PS: One of the characters is literally based on Thomas Middleditch's face. How about that huh?!:
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52 of 57 people (91%) found this review helpful
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
Banner Saga 2 Review
Banner Saga 2 is finally here and it carries on where it left off. This review will analyze the amazing amount of fun I had in my first playthrough (many more to come) of TBS2 and the moments that were less than pleasant. I aim at comparing the second game's structure to TBS1, and measuring the good, bad changes. Alright lets break it down.

Very much drawn up like a Tolkien-esque world, Banner Saga 2 plays out like the Two Towers of Tolkien, great fantasy writing accompanies the 2nd novel in a great trilogy that builds up to an upcoming climax in the third. Although it stumbles in a few places, the story proves to drive this epic adventure well into its second episode. The story starts off at a meager pace and suffers from bogged down streaks of fighting(explained in gameplay section). However, these negative aspects are QUICKLY and STRONGLY forgotten when thrown into the heat of the carvan's struggle of getting to one story sequence after another. Tolkien's Two towers is the worst of the best and the same can be said for this game. The first Banner Saga had a more complete narrative that was well supported by its characters and driven by tension from one scene to the next. Banner Saga 2 struggles to build tension or as intense interest in the beginning than the first game did, but with the option to start where your clan left off, this breathes continuity in the epic and gives it a semblance of being one game. Because of this, the first saga helps drive the second extensively. It does not fail to set up a Banner Saga 3 to outperform this entry in the series.

+Great story is continued
+sets up for a climactic finale
-story does drag in the beginning
--- 8.5/10 ---

The old group is back headed by the two protagonists Rook and Iver. These characters that are brought about from the first installment led with remarkable chemistry prompted by great writing. Unfortunately, many supporting characters don't get the screen dialogue time to continue developing themselves and create the sense of a united clan that was present in the first game. This is because the cast of characters grows too huge during this game and many characters were left behind either too late in the game or appeared not enough. Many new characters are ho-hum and plagued with some poor character designs that mimic the original cast slightly. Its only a select few of new characters that shine through and represent the new regions visited. These select new characters bond and become a part of a character driven exchange that works well with the story.

+Original characters are great
+A dynamic interplay between characters
-Too many new dull characters
-lack of further development in some older characters
--- 8/10 ---

The gameplay consists of leading a clan across the tundra and forest making decisions that effect the outcome of the story and the survival of the clan. When battle ensues, characters can be chosen to fight in a tactics style form of combat. Gameplay differs from the original in a few good ways and many uncessary ways. Firstly, the caravan system is now unbalanced. With the ability to find food far more easily and obtain renown especially too easy, management of food is almost never a problem. More renown is gained every battle, almost exponentially as the game goes on and this plays to TBS2's detriment. This leads to mass upgrading of characters and not as great care to tactical upgrading. The renown needed for upgrading is also designed incorrectly. The satisfaction of leveling up a character and feeling as if a distinction exists between levels is muddled. I found myself with the majority of my characters being able to level up 3-4 times in a row because of the previous kills that carry over to the next level. This also led to most of my characters being OP throughout much of the game and very little difficulty in combat. Combat soon became tedious at parts because battles would consist of enemies that presented no challenge at all for stretches of the game. The great aspects of the combat are still there however, and thats what makes this game's battle system amazing despite the related shortcomings.

EDIT: I played this game on normal and that should represent the adequate balance of difficulty and story telling. But in the end, the combat was too easy.

+original combat has not changed
-leveling and character progression is shoddy
-difficulty has been nerfed from the last Banner Saga
-last fights proved to be far too easy
--- 7/10 ---

The main aspect of this game that makes it great and separates it from every other game is and always has been -- its presentation. The atmosphere created by its authentic Celtic/Nordic music and a throwback art style that is captivating and adds so much to the game. The art is beautiful and haunting when it needs to be. The characters are represented well save for a few new characters that look awkward.

+Music is perfect
+animation is classic and unique to games of this day.
+Creates an atmosphere that is an ensemble of perfection
-New characters have questionable designs
--- 9.5/10 ---

The second Banner saga was amazing and amped up the story to an amazing height that can only get higher in Banner Saga 3. It was easy to tell when the first Banner Saga came out that it would turn into something awe inspiring and it has. A game I immediately want to play after beating it is a rarity for me, but now it just seems ritualistic to me with Banner Saga. Don't hold out on this one, it is one of my favorites and the game is truly a gem.
--- 8.25 --- TOTAL SCORE

EDIT: TBS2 is by no means a perfect game, and the story is very well constructed, its gameplay is poorly integrated at times and the 2nd game is a step down from the previous. This game deserves more criticism than it is getting and the amazing story should not blind the analysis of the game as a whole
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51 of 57 people (89%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
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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48 of 54 people (89%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
Well color me impressed! Actually used my previous save data to continue the tale. Seriously this team is making a great series here.
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65 of 81 people (80%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
In 2014 I had the pleasure of playing through Banner Saga 1, and I had this to say in my review:

"There's something about this game that I can't put my finger on. It might be the entracing music, the Disney quality hand-drawn art, or perhaps it's the fact that everytime I play this game it's always 30 minutes later than I expected it to be.

The combat is simple, for the uninitiated. As you begin to dive into the character types, their respective special attacks, and equipable items, you'll soon realize that there is a depth to the combat that will keep you coming back. When the odds are seemingly against you, and you do in fact manage to reduce your foe to a single unit vs. one or more of your own, you will feel like a champion. A real champion.

What has surprised me the most about The Banner Saga is the number of choices and chances the game allows. Every combat decision, every discussion, every step on the map brings consequences.

I can't tell you whether or not you should buy The Banner Saga, but I can tell you that you would almost be a fool not to."

Even though I've (so far) only played Banner Saga 2 for an hour, I am happy to tell you that 2 years later everything I adored in TBS1 is alive and well in TBS2. The art, the music, all of the hard and rewarding decisions are back.

Anyone that loved The Oregon Trial, enjoys turn based combat, or just wants to experience a really well made game should pick up The Banner Saga 2 now.

Oh, and your save from TBS1 can be imported. If you didn't play the first (and I highly recommend doing so!) you can press a Recap button on the main menu to get up to speed.

I look forward to playing this game over the next 15-20 hours and salivating over The Banner Saga 3 for the next year+ :)
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40 of 43 people (93%) found this review helpful
22.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
Even better that the first one, which was awesome. More. Please. I will give you money. The level of immersion you've achieved is so rare these days. I don't know exactly how you're doing it but it feels amazing. Reminds me of reading Tolkien for the first time when I was a kid. You guys nailed it, again. Great job!
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