After a very successful PC and Mac launch, independent game developer Stoic and The Banner Saga 2 publisher Versus Evil announced the game will come to PS4 and Xbox One sooner than expected.
The Banner Saga 2 released last month on PC and Mac, and the console version is expected to hit digital stores July 26.
Stoic Technical Director John Watson says the team worked hard to allow console players to experience the sequel to the Viking role-playing strategy game, The Banner Saga.
“We are happy that we were able to create a development schedule where the console version of Banner Saga 2 could come out shortly after the PC version. Although our team size dictated what we could do with the first release, we knew that a two year wait for the sequel was just not acceptable, so we worked extremely hard to ensure that console gamers could continue their journey in a timely fashion. Our goal for Banner Saga 3 is to simultaneously ship on all platforms!”
Despite the small team size at Stoic, the developer plans for players to be able to continue their Banner Saga journey, no matter the platform.
Steve Escalante, General Manager at Versus Evil says the game is more accessible than ever, and the sequel is an upgrade the original The Banner Saga.
“This sequel continues to build on the legacy Stoic has created with the Banner Saga. New players can jump right in and play without any concern of not playing the original game. We didn’t want anyone penalized if they were jumping into this story for the first time. However, the diehard fans who completed the first game will be able to continue their own saga based on all the choices they made in Banner Saga 1. The Stoic team has done an amazing job of ensuring this sequel is better than the first and addressed many comments their community had including improvements to combat, a wider variety of characters to play and interact with and the addition of more animations and cinematics.”
In addition, Stoic released the following trailer to celebrate the successful launch of The Banner Saga 2: