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The Banner Saga 2 coming to Xbox One

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Independent game developers Stoic and indie publisher Versus Evil yesterday officially confirmed that The Banner Saga 2, the sequel to The Banner Saga, is coming to Xbox One via the ID@Xbox self-publishing program in 2015.

The announcement comes after the official first reveal of The Banner Saga 2 at last Friday’s Game Awards held in Las Vegas. Trailer below:

There’s a seismic shift in the video game industry as consumers embrace the contributions and creations of independent game-makers such as Stoic, the incredibly passionate creators of The Banner Saga and The Banner Saga 2. We are very proud to be leading the way with The Banner Saga 2 announcement at what is traditionally a AAA game’s event. It’s a great time to be an ‘indie’ and we couldn’t be more proud to continue working with the Stoic team and our partners at Fearless Media who helped make this happen.

said Steve Escalante, general manager at Versus Evil.

For The Banner Saga 2, Stoic will continue the legacy and story of The Banner Saga. Featuring 2D animation and art, a tactical combat system and a cast of unforgettable characters, the original game earned several awards and nominations, including winner of the 2014 Geekie Awards for “Best Video Game”, finalist for “Excellence in Visual Arts” and two honourable mentions for “Excellence in Design” and “Excellence in Audio” at the 2014 Independent Game Festival.

The critical reception and widespread fan appreciation for The Banner Saga is overwhelming and humbling, and has the team at Stoic dedicated to delivering a fantastic sequel with The Banner Saga 2. Here we are announcing our next game, our way, on a world-wide stage. We have surrounded our development efforts with quality people like Austin Wintory, Malukah, Taylor Davis and the Versus Evil team. We couldn’t be more excited.

said Arnie Jorgensen, co-owner and art director, Stoic.

Additional details and information for The Banner Saga 2 are expected to be available in early 2015. We’ll keep you updated as we learn more.

ID@Xbox Games Preview

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Microsoft has released a new video showcasing five games headed to Xbox One as part of their ID@Xbox programme. The five games featured in the following video are:

  • Super Time Force by Capybara Games – An action platformer in which the player controls numerous characters in different time periods. By recording their actions, characters can team up through time to take on large enemies.
  • Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut by Born Ready Games – An enhanced version of the space combat game already available on Steam. Part first-person space sim, part third-person space mech action game.
  • It Draws A Red Box by Other Ocean – An eight-player cross between Super Smash Bros, Bomberman and Towerfall.
  • Spectra: 8bit Racing by Gateway Interactive – A retro-inspired racing game where tracks are generated by music from chiptune artist Chipzel.
  • Fru by Through Games – An interesting platformer in which the player’s silhouette, tracked with Kinect, is used to expose a second parallel world.

During GDC 2014 in San Francisco Games Director at ID@Xbox; Chris Charla announced a full 25 titles as well as having the following to say;

Since we first announced the program in August, we’ve been working closely with developers to bring a diverse array of independent games to Xbox One. Our goal is to make the process as easy as possible so developers can focus on what matters most: creating the games you’re beginning to see today!.

To see the full list of titles that were showcased and discussed at GDC head on over to Xbox Wire.

War Rapier 43210 Screenshots

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Year 43210, the best unit of Space Musketeers of the Imperial Republic has to survive the attack of the Vetustians, the biggest threat to the survival of humanity. You are their lieutenant in this graphic adventure/action-rpg, so solve the personal problems of your unit, bring out the best of them to increase their powers and unlock new skills while you discover the 7 endings of War Rapier 43210.

War Rapier 43210 is out now on Xbox LIVE Indie Games for 240 MS Points.

XBLIG Review: Life in the Dorms

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Life in the Dorms is a point-and-click adventure game on the Xbox LIVE Indie Channel developed by Moment Games. Unfortunately, the game is not about binge drinking and wet t-shirt contests as you might suspect from a video game about college life (guess I’ll have to stick to the Van Wilder movies for that) but rather the more “family friendly” side of things. Continue reading XBLIG Review: Life in the Dorms

XBLIG Review: Hey Aliens: I’ll Mash You Up!

Hey Aliens: I’ll Mash You Up! is an XBLIG created by an indie developer named Kurikatos with gameplay based upon the classic Space Invaders. At first glance, it appears like a true remake of the 1970’s arcade game but in fact has many key differences, and not all of them being for the better. Continue reading XBLIG Review: Hey Aliens: I’ll Mash You Up!

XBLIG Review: I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES!!!1

I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES!!!1 from Ska Studios is one of the most downloaded Xbox LIVE Indie Games of all time. It was number one on the indie games chart for years and has sold hundreds of thousands of copies. Although it was released back in 2009, it still stands up today as one of the most fun games on the indie channel. Continue reading XBLIG Review: I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES!!!1

WTF OMG – Activision Release an Xbox LIVE Indie Game

Activision, one of the worlds biggest publishers has put out a game on the Xbox LIVE Indie service under the title of Dark Reign Redux. Veteran PC gamers will be pleased to learn that this is a remake of the classic 1997 real-time strategy game Dark Reign: The Future of War. Continue reading WTF OMG – Activision Release an Xbox LIVE Indie Game