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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.

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Let's Play: The Banner Saga part 3!

Posted by Stoic (Creator)

A short but important decision to make:

 Plus some commentary! Not to worry, the next update should be a little meatier.

Also, want a much bigger and in-depth preview of The Banner Saga? Rock Paper Shotgun just posted a HUGE article about the 4 hours he played of the single player campaign.

Check it out HERE.

Let's Play: The Banner Saga part 2!

Posted by Stoic (Creator)

Ladies and Gents,

We've gotten many, many people who would prefer to get lots of updates, so majority rule, here. To those of you who do not want to see new emails from us every day or two, I've been told you can filter that through Kickstarter.

 Remember to vote! And please, any thoughts, comments, suggestions that come up- just talk to us like normal people. Be polite. Stuff like that.

Hope you enjoy!
Alex

Let's Play: The Banner Saga

Posted by Stoic (Creator)

Hello backers! After a brief delay the first part of the PAX playthrough is ready to go! Keep in mind, this is all in-game and we're still in beta so some effects, polish and optimizations are still in development. That said, we're getting damn close!

At the end of the video we'll need to make a choice. What would you do? Vote in the comments and we'll continue on next time with the most popular decision, a day or two from now. As always, watching in HD is highly recommended...

A couple people asked that we not flood their inbox with a dozen updates over the next week. We'll be hosting the whole playthrough on the Stoic forums. You don't even need an account to watch. Feel free to comment on the first part here, and check in on the Let's Play thread to see what happens next.

Thanks for watching!
Alex

The Banner Saga at PAX2013

Posted by Stoic (Creator)

Hi again backers!

It has been a nutso month! We've been crunching (no surprise there), to get a playable build for PAX, which starts on Friday. We released some press kits in preparation and Kotaku already posted a news story on it, with new screenshots! Crazy!

Check out the other screenshots here.

We wanted to share the PAX demo with all of our backers, so what we'll be doing is giving you a playthrough of the game and showing off the same thing that PAX attendants will be playing.

The bit I'm most excited about is that as we've always said, the game has a lot of choices to make. Real ones! So what I'm going to do is stop at major decisions and let everyone vote on what to do next. Even at the very beginning of the game you'll be making decisions that impact the entire story. I'll also be doing commentary as I play, showing off the new classes, abilities and enemies and giving more insight into gameplay.

Spoiler warning: this will be a playthrough of the first 30-50 minutes of the game (depending on what choices you make). It's worth noting that even if you participate your own playthrough may turn out very different.

We'll start this Saturday and keep doing videos every couple days until we've made our way through the story! Hope to see you there!

Alex

Austin Wintory live orchestral recording, streaming this Tuesday

Posted by Stoic (Creator)

As we mentioned in the previous update, we have a gift for all our backers. From the desk of Austin Wintory:

For all those interested, I am happy to share that we will be streaming part of our big, long-in-progress recording session for THE BANNER SAGA! The recording process for this game has already been very elaborate, and next week takes a huge leap forward when I go to Dallas, Texas to collaborate with a truly magnificent ensemble: the Dallas Wind Symphony! This Grammy-nominated ensemble, led by the incredible conductor Jerry Junkin with whom I'll be tag teaming, will be the subject of a forthcoming in-depth Kickstarter music update. But in the meantime, here are the details for the stream:

Tuesday, July 30th at 4:30pm Central Time.

I have just set up a Twitch account: http://www.twitch.tv/awintory/profile

In theory if you can't attend live you can see the archive. We're working very hard to make sure this is a high-quality stream, both visually and aurally. The recordings will be going until 5pm, so you will be tuning in to the last half hour of a full day's worth. At that point I will send the musicians home, and come to the camera for a live chat. Joining me will be our dear friends from Stoic Studio, Alex Thomas, Arnie Jorgensen and John Watson, along with the DWS' conductor Jerry Junkin. We'll have about 20 or so minutes to chat. Remember that during the first half you will be watching a recording session, not a concert, so it might be interesting to see just how different those two can be from each other!

I will also be answering questions about the score to BANNER SAGA in my upcoming Kickstarter update, so feel free to leave your questions here, in the comments, or on the Stoic forum here: http://stoicstudio.com/forum/showthread.php?1807-Austin-Wintory-will-be-taking-music-questions-in-this-thread

So excited!!!!! :)
-Austin