The gaming industry has some unique RPGs out there, some of them are AAA titles, while others are indie titles created by a small group of people. More often than not, we see the smaller teams come up with amazing RPGs that are set in unique worlds and feature captivating characters, and The Banner Saga franchise is a living example.
Studio Founder John Watson sat down with GamesIndustry.biz and discussed the franchise’s future, and he made it very clear that they won’t leave the story “unfinished.”
“Is taking investor money gonna make the game sell? Is it gonna make it $1 million more profitable? No. It’ll make it a little bit better; we could spend some of that money maybe doing some more animations, maybe we increase the quality level a little bit. The quality has to reach a certain bar for people to accept it as a sequel, because we set that bar for ourselves. But beyond that it won’t really affect the profitability. It would be a vanity thing. We just want to make it better.”
“We have to do it. We set out to make this trilogy. We can’t leave the story unfinished.”
He continued to explain the influence getting featured on Xbox’s Games With Gold had on the games’ sales.
“Those things help, and then the launch of The Banner Saga 2 drove sales of Banner Saga. If you look at The Banner Saga as a franchise – all the platforms and both the games – it’s generating about the same revenue… It’s like building a wedge. Banner Saga 3 might sell a third of what Banner Saga 2 did, but it should lift up the other games. That’s what we’re betting on.”
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