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Bannermen is a medieval real-time strategy game that aims to refresh the RTS genre and involve the community during the development. Take on the role of a fallen lord on his journey back to become one of the mightiest in the realm. Make your banner strike fear into your opponents and challenge the multiplayer ladder in action packed skirmishes.

The game takes place in a semi-fantasy medieval world that has been brutally damaged due to decades of war, starvation and natural disasters. The people are in desperate need of a powerful leader that can unite the kingdom. Many lords claim their right, but there is only room for one banner in the kingdom capital. The goal of the game is to lead your bannermen to victory and defeat the evil, once and for all.

 

 

Bannermen will contain a singleplayer campaign and several multiplayer modes. The game is designed to encourage players to interact with each other and the world, where the typical gameplay elements consist of base building, resource management and battling enemy armies efficiently. The maps and campaign missions vary in both length and shape where different environments allow unique traps and natural powers. This creates interesting variation and combat with greater strategic depth.

Interact with the environment and destroy your enemies.
Interact with the environment and destroy your enemies.

Bannermen contains something we call dynamic environments. This can for instance be player controlled nature powers like lightningstrikes that can burn forests or electrocute armies, snow blizzards that can freeze water and open new paths, and meteors that smashes into the ground leaving hot lava behind. A lot of the implemented dynamic properties have been suggested from the Bannermen community, and we can’t wait to implement more!

The freezing and liquefying of a river enables players to confront each other only at specified times.
The freezing and liquefying of a river enables players to confront each other only at specified times.

Nature powers can be player controlled by building temples on religious spots on the map. This will allow the player to gain access to different nature powers depending on which religious spots that are controlled.

By conquering a holy spot, the player gains the ability to cast lightning strikes.
By conquering a holy spot, the player gains the ability to cast lightning strikes.

 

Play as a lord on his journey from the bottom to the top. Your mission is to find and rally bannermen to help you strengthen your army. Defeat your enemies and conquer the still useful lands in the war-ridden kingdom. Your goal is to make your lord retake his position as one of the mightiest in the realm.

The campaign is fully story driven and every mission pushes the story forward. To intensify the experience, all characters you meet on your journey are voiced and events through the campaign often have special soundtracks.

Map of the Bannermen realm.
Map of the Bannermen realm.


The campaign missions contain varied gameplay and objectives. The majority of the missions are in classic RTS style where you gather resources to build your base and produce armies to defeat enemies and complete objectives. But the campaign will also provide missions that do not inlcude base building - instead you must interact with the environment, set up traps and control your armies properly to succeed. Some of the missions even take place indoors, inside great fortresses and castles.

The campaign does not require internet connection to play.

 

 

If you seek glory beyond our lands, there are plenty of other lords willing to take up your challenge. Join the ladder or play with your friends, either classic skirmishes, custom games or in arena mode. Bannermen will provide hosted dedicated servers, both during the beta period and when released.

 

 

Since the game does not take place in a certain time or place on earth, we have had the liberty to create our very own setting. However, the style of the buildings and units are inspired by the medieval period in north and western Europe. Some examples are shown below.

Bannermen will contain various units, each fulfilling a certain role in the game. We aim to make Bannermen a balanced and interesting game where early-tier units can be beneficial even in late-game, depending on your enemy's strategy. Therefore, an important gameplay element is to find powerful unit combinations and compose your army to counter your opponent.

The pyromancer unit can place mines on the map, as well as sacrifice himself to create massive aoe (area of effect) damage.
The pyromancer unit can place mines on the map, as well as sacrifice himself to create massive aoe (area of effect) damage.

 

Bannermen takes place in a vast kingdom where the climate varies. Therefore, the maps and the environment varies depending on where in the realm you are located. You will experience everything from the cold winterlands in the north to the desert dry south and all there in between.

  

We have had the benefit to work with the american composer David Fesliyan - a man with more than 10 years in the business, making music to games and movies. David has created the Bannermen main theme as well as in-game tracks. You can listen to the main theme below.

Bannermen Main Theme:

 

Bannermen will be released on Steam. The game will not be ported to console or mobile. We aim to release the alpha in late 2017 while full release is scheduled to Q2 2018.

The full release will support Windows operating system. We also aim to port the game to Mac. During the alpha/beta period, Bannermen will however only be playable on computers with Windows operating system.

Apart from taxes and fees, the money we hope to raise with our Kickstarter will solely go to the development of Bannermen and to cover expenses for early game tests and server hosting during beta periods.

 

 

 

 

Pathos Interactive is a Swedish indie studio, founded in 2015. We are part of Sweden Game Arena - a world leading game incubator that has laid the foundation for many successful titles, like Battlerite and Magicka.

We at Pathos Interactive want to thank you for all the love we have been getting so far. As a small indie studio, all kind of support are much appreciated! You are more than welcome to follow our work and share your interest with your friends - let the world know about Bannermen!

 

 

 

 

  

Risks and challenges

Game development is complex business and as a developer you are used to deal with unexpected events on a daily basis. The biggest challenge in making an RTS game with Unreal Engine 4 is to develop a fully functional core engine with light weight networking code. This is something that we have dedicated a lot of time and effort in, and the engine is now in place!

Our focus now is to create a singleplayer campaign and work towards an alpha state of the multiplayer. We are aware that unexpected problems can and will occur, yet we are confident that the biggest and most complicated development tasks are behind us.

Last but not least, we are fully devoted and determined to create an awesome game and want to thank you for believing in us and joining our adventure!

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    Celebrate your victories and honor your banner by making your bannermen dance on the field. Get a exclusive library with in-game dance animations for your army.

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    Become a true Lord and submit your own banner design to be included in the game. The banner will be available for all players and your name will be shown as creator.

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    We will immortalize you in our game by creating a stylized portrait of you or a picture of your choosing, to be placed on our maps as decoration.

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    Join team Bannermen for a day and be part of the development of a map in the singleplayer campaign. Hang out with us at Liseberg - Northern Europe's largest amusement park. Get insights and continuously exclusive updates as the game progresses.
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