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A mature, story-driven, turn-based strategy game steeped in viking culture, by three game industry veterans.
A mature, story-driven, turn-based strategy game steeped in viking culture, by three game industry veterans.
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20,042 backers pledged $723,886 to help bring this project to life.

The Last Week special video update

This is it, fans of strategy, story, art... and music: our last week on Kickstarter. Your constant support throughout the campaign has been an experience none of us will ever forget, and we have you to thank. We've decided to pull out all the stops in this last week to make this the best version of the game we possibly can. Austin himself wanted to talk with all our supporters about his role as composer on The Banner Saga. Take a look:

Now, onto the prizes Austin mentioned. We're beyond proud to announce:

The Score (Special music promotion)
Austin Wintory, composer of the hit game "Journey", will be providing limited edition physical copies of the soundtrack, hand-signed by the composer himself. Different from the official soundtrack, once the campaign ends these special edition CDs won't be available again. As part of the special music promotion, the donations we receive from this prize category go directly to help fund an all-out, full orchestral score in the game, recorded in a live studio! Includes all previous rewards.

The Signature (Special music promotion)

Get an autographed copy of the performance parts from the recording sessions; the SHEET MUSIC used by the actual musicians who play on the score. Needless to say, this prize will be a limited run. As part of the special music promotion, the donations we receive from this prize category go directly to help fund an all-out, full orchestral score for the game, recorded in a live studio! Includes all previous rewards.

The Performance (Special music promotion)

You are invited to personally ATTEND the music's recording sessions in Los Angeles or elsewhere later this year. This will include a day of hanging out with all of us at the recording studio, and lunch (on us). You will also receive a signed, leather-bound book compiling all of the game's music (produced as a one-off and therefore never commercially for sale) and earn a Music Associate Producer credit in the game and on the album. Not enough? Austin will personally compose an original 30-second ringtone, just for you! As part of the special music promotion, the donations we receive from this prize category go directly to help fund an all-out, full orchestral score in the game recorded in a live studio! Please note: this is a special case prize. While it does include the signed CD and the sheet music, it does not include any of the previous rewards. This one's for serious music fans. You must be able to travel to the Los Angeles area or elsewhere. If you're interested in this prize you must contact us to make arrangements before the end of the Kickstarter campaign:

The Executive

We have so many prizes now we had to compile them all into one final, huge mega-prize. The Executive gives you every prize we have to offer (except for the rotoscope shoot), including the viking god and attending the recording session. On top of that, you will be given an Executive Music Producer credit in the game and on the album. Lastly, receive a framed copy of the Banner Saga main theme, each note inscribed by hand by Austin Wintory, who will also be kind enough to sign his work. Has anything like this even been done before? Please contact us before donating at this tier.


We can hardly believe what an amazing ride this has been and your support has been beyond remarkable. Look how far you've already taken this thing. More than just supporting a game, you're the trendsetters on the brink of an age where gamers can again decide what they want to play. Be proud of that. We've got 7 days left: let's do this.

Alex, Arnie and John


    1. Creator Michelle Gosse on April 17, 2012

      I played Skyrim until I took an arrow in the knee, then I swapped to the Banner Saga. :)

    2. Creator Stoic on April 15, 2012

      Yes, we're pretty psyched about the music. It's why we did one more update. Austin is onboard, but now we're just trying to save as much as we can to get as large an orchestra as we can! Amazing that our little game caught on to the point that we're even talking about this. I really think this is a shining moment in Kickstarter history and not just because I'm a part of it. I mean, look what all of you have done here! Our job is just to make sure that we're using your money as wisely as we can.
      Thanks for the 'Maluka' tip. We'll see what Austin has in mind. :)

    3. Creator shayne.oneill on April 15, 2012

      Oh god, this is going to be epic.As a musician I know how easy it would be to just cheat and use one of those big orchestra VST software things, but we're getting a real goddamn orchestra to listen to, and *NOTHING* can replace the sheer epic win that comes from that. Hey heres a fun idea though: Did you hear that "maluka" chick that did the renditions of the skyrim tunes that went viral on youtube: Get her to contribute, you'd have the skyrim fans (Whom I suspect are going to be a big crossover demographic here) wetting themselves.

    4. Creator Isamu on April 15, 2012

      This has already been requested already, but I think it might be helpful if you explained clearly what you get at each prize tier in the FAQ, with the addition of the music items some of it might be unclear. For example, the $5000 tier still says you get all previous rewards, but I'm assuming this doesn't include the $4500 tier.

      More importantly, could you give us a ballpark estimate of how much it would cost to get the orchestrated soundtrack done? It'd be nice to know what goal we're shooting for!

    5. Creator Stoic on April 14, 2012

      The digital soundtrack will be Austin Wintory's. It will be the same as the OST (Original Soundtrack). The physical signed soundtrack will be special with some extra or different music and available only during this Kickstarter campaign.
      Yes, please include shipping. I know you'll love this soundtrack. I'm as excited as anyone to listen to it over and over and...over and...
      Thanks for the comments everyone!

    6. Creator Jeremie Lariviere on April 14, 2012

      I would hope that the pre-orders we already did including the digital soundtrack would be Wintory's soundtrack...

    7. Creator Muttala on April 14, 2012

      Will there be a consideration for the full copy of the 3 parts of the game with USD 30? I do not need Crest design :)

    8. Creator Hillman Dai on April 13, 2012

      I can't resist the temptation of signed special edition I up from $50 to $150. I guess it still require $15 for international shipping?

    9. Creator radicci on April 13, 2012

      I would love to have bonus tracks in the digital soundtrack...

    10. Creator Chris Norulak on April 13, 2012

      @chadwick1416 Needs more cowbell - I got an addiction...

    11. Creator David Kononen on April 13, 2012

      Stuart, just up your pledge to the $350 level

    12. Creator Gophersaurus on April 13, 2012

      I'm currently pledged at the $250 Animation Cel level. Is there anyway I can get an animation cel AND either the physical soundtrack or sheet music?

    13. Creator Michael Matzat on April 13, 2012

      Amazing. I would up my pledge to 150$ in a heartbeat but unfortunately i am on a very tight budget till the end of this month so i am afraid i have to stay at the 50$ i planed to spend to not have larg tattooed men show up at my doorstep to break my legs. :D I hope some of that money will help paing for the musicians as well.

      Just out of intrest in case mr Austin is here. :)
      I bought the Journey soundtrack on iTunes yesterday for the crazy price of 4€... do you see any of that money? Is a composer payed just as a band would be? Little but based on the sales numbers of the Album? Or dos all the money get lost between iTunes, Sony, TGC fees?
      Obviusly you got some money to begin with, i am just talking sales here.

    14. Creator chadwick1416 on April 13, 2012

      One question: who will be on cow-bell?

    15. Creator FamousAdventurer77 on April 13, 2012

      It's really amazing to see how it all comes together-- this is what made me follow my dream to become a game developer. I'm really psyched to see how the Banner Saga turns out and I'm proud I helped this game to be made.

    16. Creator Kennan Ward on April 13, 2012

      I'd probably go for the special edition of the score if I wasn't also backing Double Fine, Wasteland 2, and Shadowrun.

    17. Creator LittleWulfie on April 13, 2012

      Oh man, I would really go for the limited ed soundtrack, but I just have no more money to give this month. Bother...

    18. Creator Fabian on April 13, 2012

      It's "Skål"!
      Just wanted to point that out...

    19. Creator Andrey Ivanov on April 13, 2012

      New rewards looks really great, but you guys forgot to mention how much i have to add for shipping outside the US and Canada in description.

    20. Creator Jonathan Koay on April 13, 2012

      Yeah, an FAQ with the rewards stated for each tier will be much appreciated. I pledged $60 with the opinion that I will get the lower tier rewards (i.e. game, digital soundtrack and all) but I might be wrong.

    21. Creator Fabian Winkler on April 13, 2012

      Upped my pledge to get the signed soundtrack :)

    22. Creator TheChosenOne on April 13, 2012

      What you can also do although it is a lot clearer then this Kickstarter (see link) is;

    23. Creator Overlord on April 13, 2012

      @Dror Levy: CDDA is limited to 2-channel signed 16-bit Linear PCM sampled at 44,100 Hz. They'd have to use Super Audio CD or DVD-Audio to achieve higher fidelity or something like FLAC.

    24. Creator Red Hot Swing (Kevin Savage) on April 13, 2012

      I'm pretty pumped up about The Banner Saga! I really hope that I'll be able to enjoy it fully on my older hardware - I run exclusively on laptops that are a couple of years old for money and space-saving reasons.

    25. Creator Jerry Oon on April 13, 2012

      With new rewards coming in, can you do what wasteland 2 did by adding an FAQ of what we'll get at each pledge bracket? its a little confusing with the "all previous rewards" tagged on at the end of every level...

    26. Creator Dror Levy on April 13, 2012

      Is there any chance the special edition soundtrack will be in HI-FI(96Khz-24bit or similar)?

    27. Creator Stoic on April 13, 2012

      Just to mention it, the only prize that is seperate from the rest is the performance. All the other new prizes include all the previous rewards. Austin will most likely include bonus material/remixes on the physical CD (exact details are still in flux) while the digital soundtrack is a straight-up OST from the game.

    28. Creator Diego Almazan on April 13, 2012

      Amazing. The prizes look great, but it seems to be missing the one where I can be a part of the orchestra. A spot in the choir is acceptable too. I'll start practicing while you update the list.

    29. Creator Ficus on April 13, 2012

      Will anything actually differentiate the digital soundtrack from the physical cd soundwise?

    30. Creator Thomas Szczechowiak on April 13, 2012

      It says the special prizes do not include the prize tiers below them. However, I failed to notice whether the higher pledge tiers include any of these 'special' categories?

    31. Creator Lim Ji Hui on April 13, 2012

      Please consider adding a tier for those of us who prefer the DIGITAL version of the limited edition soundtrack.