Funded! This project was successfully funded on April 20, 2012.

Update #6

Ask not what your backers can do for you

We've gotten a lot of emails saying we should chase more pledges by telling what we will do if you give us this much money or that much money. Having just tipped over to 400% (are you serious?) we'd rather tell you what we've been hard at work to give you, based on your donations.

MUSIC - Austin Wintory

We've teamed up with Austin Wintory, composer of the critically acclaimed 2012 game "Journey", who will bring his incredible talents to The Banner Saga. Yes, for real. Austin won the Hollywood Music Award for "Best New Film Composer" and winner of "Best Original Score - Video Game". If you haven't heard his work before I recommend watching this video as soon as you can.

Guess what? If you've already pledged $25 or more you're getting the soundtrack for free.

SOUND - Kpow Audio

We'll be working closely with the amazing sound studio Kpow Audio to give you the best possible sound quality and ambience. You may know them from their work as the entire sound team on the blockbuster hit L.A. Noire.


ANIMATION AND CINEMATICS -
POWERHOUSE ANIMATION

To accomplish the huge number of unique frame-by-frame animations we'll be producing for The Banner Saga, we've enlisted the help of Powerhouse Animation. Powerhouse is made up of animator veterans who have been creating top tier work for games including Epic Mickey, DC Universe and Starhawk.

While they're experts at a whole range of animation styles they're just as excited as we are to produce animation in the classical, traditional style of Sleeping Beauty; one frame at a time. This is a labor of love for both of us!

NEW PRIZE - THE RELIC

Pledge $800 or more:

Immortalize something meaningful to you in The Banner Saga. Send us a photo of your own heirloom, memento or just something you'd like to show your friends and we'll turn it into a relic of value and power. We'll work with you to come up with a unique name and description that could include anything from a mysterious inscription to giving off a certain aura. You'll personalize it and make a coveted piece of gameplay by choosing from a list of rarities and in-game bonuses it provides. Doesn't look very viking-themed you say? That's ok, the marketplaces trade in items pillaged from all over the world. This new prize includes all the other prizes below it!

NEW PLATFORMS - iPad and LINUX

Oh boy, it's finally official. We've heard your massive outpouring of support and will officially be porting to the iPad and Linux. Let's be up front here: the Kickstarter campaign is officially for PC and Mac, and we can't change that now. However, we can now promise that your donations will be used to port the finished game to these new platforms within a reasonable timeframe. We're committed to it.

And that doesn't mean we're done porting. Depending on what amount we end with other platforms are absolutely still on the table.

NEW PROGRESS REPORT

Somehow, production continues to happen!

  • We've done the concept work for each of the major characters in our first release, some of which you can see in the above piece of concept art. This is the sort of production piece you'll see in the collector's edition art book. We'll be talking more about the history of these races soon!
  • Now that design is done we'll be spending the majority of next week filming character animations and getting them ready to be animated into the game.
  • We continue to refine our many interface elements and adjust numbers in combat for our working prototype.
  • Now that we've gotten the green light on working with all these incredible artists we're setting up the framework to integrate their work (no small endeavor) and let them work at their full potential!

NEW THANK YOU

As we've mentioned before, when we originally mapped out this game it was on a much more modest scale. Who could have known there would be this sort of demand? Thanks to you we're going to be able to bring this game to a level we never imagined and we think it's obvious at this point that without you it never would have happened. If you're excited about it just imagine how we feel. Thank you.

Alex, Arnie and John

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      Creator dztzcurfdo on April 6, 2012

      WOOO Linux support! Shut up and take (even more of) my money!

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      Creator Paul Chaplin (@CottlestonPie) on April 6, 2012

      Awesome! Linux support == my pledge goes up from $10 to $100! :D REALLY looking forward to eventually playing this on my primary OS. I even wrote a sort of "400% and still no love for Linux? Come on guys... :(" comment, ready to post here, but hey, was *I* pleasantly surprised! The extra rewards are icing on the cake, and I will now redouble my efforts to spread the news of this game. :)

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      Creator Ng Junyuan on April 6, 2012

      wow, multi platform support too! Time to get more people on board :)

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      Creator MBybee on April 6, 2012

      BIG thank you for Linux!!! Booyah!
      Going to go up my pledge amount :)

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      Creator Ben Erickson on April 6, 2012

      Are all these artists onboard for just Chapter 1 or all 3? Hope it's all 3!

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      Creator Greg Dickinson on April 6, 2012

      I love the concept of this game. As a kid I pumped more quarters into Dragon's Lair than I'd care to think about, and I've waited ever since then for a hand-drawn animation game to come out. Can't wait for it to get here... :)

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      Creator Jacob Niese on April 6, 2012

      This is incredible, just finished Journey a couple weeks ago, you have made me very happy

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      Creator Francois Jumel on April 6, 2012

      That's awesome ! Journey's music are fantastic !

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      Creator Trevor Leong on April 6, 2012

      The only reason I even knew about this project is from Cracked.com. So glad I found it :) it looks awesome!

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      Creator Philipp Struchtrup on April 6, 2012

      Keep up the good work! :)

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      Creator Isaac Hughes on April 6, 2012

      Sounds great, can't wait to play this.

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      Creator Esteban on April 6, 2012

      Just .... wow!!!!.

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      Creator Matt Stein on April 6, 2012

      Great music can make a good game great and a great game amazing, very happy about the music choice!

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      Creator ArcNerd on April 6, 2012

      Thank you for the update! I am more excited than ever for this game. Keep up the good work!

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      Creator Anthony Tarallo Jr. on April 6, 2012

      I wish I could show you what I am doing right now. I am dancing!!

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      Creator Javier Diaz on April 6, 2012

      Wow!! I can't wait to play this!

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      Creator vamp1r0 on April 6, 2012

      Yay! LINUX! That's completely cool! Thanks for update, can't wait to see game already. Great characters work btw, keep it goin, you're awesome, guys!

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      Creator Kylarus on April 6, 2012

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      I think I'm going to love this game. If this thing lives and gets released, it'll be hard not to love it. That concept art is amazing btw and the three new groups you've brought it are going to do wonders for this.

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      Creator Etienne Adenot on April 6, 2012

      Awesome!

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      Creator Jaesun on April 6, 2012

      WOW I am speechless. You guys are awesome. So much win for a great project. <3

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      Creator Erich Lichnock on April 6, 2012

      When you say everything, do you mean the Landscape too?

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      Creator kdragoset on April 6, 2012

      Awesome and informative update. Keep up the great work!

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      Creator Pete Wartman on April 6, 2012

      Well that does it. I NEED that art book now, so up goes my pledge.

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      Creator Andy Gould on April 6, 2012

      Faith in games: restored.

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      Creator Ashraf Shaikh on April 6, 2012

      Any word on a possible Android port?

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      Creator CCTom on April 6, 2012

      this update is amazing. seeing who you're working with for various parts of production got me so much more excited!

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      Creator Goran Alajbegovic on April 6, 2012

      You guys rock. That is all.

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