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.