Stoic’s recently released The Banner Saga 2 is headed to consoles, its publisher Versus Evil has announced. The game will land on both the Xbox One (through the [email protected] self-publishing program) and PlayStation 4 on July 26, 2016.
The game, which recently came out for both PC and Mac through Steam received tons of good reviews, and is a follow-up to the crowdfunded story-heavy tactical RPG, The Banner Saga. It even takes into account actions and decisions that the player made in the first game.
“We are happy that we were able to create a development schedule where the console version of Banner Saga 2 could come out shortly after the PC version,” said John Watson, Technical Director at Stoic. “Although our team size dictated what we could do with the first release, we knew that a two year wait for the sequel was just not acceptable, so we worked extremely hard to ensure that console gamers could continue their journey in a timely fashion. Our goal for Banner Saga 3 is to simultaneously ship on all platforms!” he added.
“This sequel continues to build on the legacy Stoic has created with the Banner Saga. New players can jump right in and play without any concern of not playing the original game. We didn’t want anyone penalized if they were jumping into this story for the first time.“ commented Steve Escalante, General Manager at Versus Evil. “However, the diehard fans who completed the first game will be able to continue their own saga based on all the choices they made in Banner Saga 1. The Stoic team has done an amazing job of ensuring this sequel is better than the first and addressed many comments their community had including improvements to combat, a wider variety of characters to play and interact with and the addition of more animations and cinematics,” he concluded.
The first game received multiple awards and nominations, including 3 BAFTA nominations. But hey, who cares about awards? Just take it from me: it’s a good game.