Holiday Greetings and Update!
To continue our yearly tradition, we’ve created another Banner Saga holiday card to thank you for all your support, encouragement and faith over this last year. As always, the card is inspired by the classic holiday cards of Eyvind Earle! Plus it pays homage to the city where it all began for Stoic - do you recognize the skyline? It’s available to download as an HD wallpaper in all the sizes on our website.
Stats from Alpha Battle 1
We had an amazing turnout of Kickstarter Backers playing our first ‘Alpha Battle’ and testing our new Battle Waves system. We got some great feedback, suggestions and encouragement on the system - here’s a delicious infographic to share some of the survey data we collected. Backers, keep an eye on our KS Updates because Alpha Battle #2 is just around the corner!
Hey Bannerfolk! As 2018 approaches, I suppose you must be wondering how far along we are in development of Banner Saga 3! What's the status? Where's the final chapter to my epic saga? Why don't you just ship this thing already so I can know how it all ends!?! Well, I'm here to answer ALL your questions, because I'm the producer, and that's just what we do.
Banner Saga 3 is still in an Alpha state, but I'm happy to report that we are approaching the ‘Feature Complete’ milestone (where no more new game features are added and we start to iterate, bugfix and polish). These are the features and tools that our programmers (John and Drew) deliver to the designers (Matt and Alex) so they can implement content into the game (character conversations, combat abilities, and new game systems).
Speaking of the designers, Arnie’s creative team (Art and Design) are trying to get to ‘Content Complete’ so that we can consider writing and art assets to be ‘final, polished and ready to ship.’ The final pass on writing will happen this year, and the translation/localization process will soon kick off for 10+ languages. Isn't it exciting to think that the final chapter of the story is almost completely written? I totally know how it ends and I'm not even going to tell you. :o)
Our partner companies are kicking into high gear to deliver their final assets early next year:
- Powerhouse Animation is compositing our in-game cinematics at break-neck speed to meet deadlines early in 2018. (Did you guys see their work on Battle Chasers and Castlevania? These guys are KILLIN IT)
- This month we’re kicking off Quality Assurance testing to start gathering bugs to squash.
- Austin Wintory is composing and delivering scratch music tracks (placeholders made digitally to stand in for the real tracks that come after recording). He’ll be tuning up the full symphony for orchestral soundtrack recording in January.
- KPoW Audio is playing through the latest build and planning out sound effects.
- Syrland will be recording voice over for some of our cinematics early in the new year in their intimidating Nordic voices.
- Versus Evil is creating their marketing master plan, including in-person appearances for the team at many gaming shows (look for those announcements on social media in the new year!)
For those of you in our Kickstarter, many of the merchandise items have been manufactured and are on their way to our fulfillment facility - we continue to strive to beat our December 2018 deadline for those, and there should be some exciting updates in the new year.
Banner Saga 1 and 2 are also getting some love and bugfixing and we're hoping to have an exciting announcement in the new year that I'm not going to say anthing more about, because I'm the producer, and that's just what we do. -Your Truly, Zeb L. West
Shout Out - Death's Door
Our friends at Shiny Shoe (our porting partners for Playstation and Xbox, and so much more) have released a groundbreaking new RPG on Twitch and Mixer called Death’s Door. The community plays this old school dungeon crawl, making each choice in the adventure together by voting (and shouting at each other raucously in the chat)! It’s a retro hack and slash (with EXCELLENT music) that’s super addictive, and we’re excited to see where this experimental use of streaming platforms leads! Check it out on Mixer or Twitch Monday through Friday from 9am - 10pm PST.
Happy Holidays from Team Stoic
As we head into the 2017 holidays, we’re reminiscing about how far we’ve come this year! We launched our Banner Saga 3 Kickstarter campaign in January and funded in less than one week. We went on to see tremendous support and generosity from the entire Banner Saga community of players. We were able to hire some new key team members, Drew, Danny and Andy. And we launched our first Alpha Battle to backers as promised, welcoming their feedback and suggestions in the process of game design we so dearly love.
From all of us to all of you, from our families to yours, we wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season.