The Banner Saga

Released on consoles at last, this elegantly grim adventure at the end of the world is that rare contradiction: a nostalgic original.

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The Banner Saga 2 console versions to launch one month ahead of schedule

Viking strategy sequel The Banner Saga 2 wasn't going to launch on consoles until 26th July, but porting team Shiny Shoe was remarkably ahead of schedule so we're now getting it in the next few days.

The Xbox One version will arrive as early as this Friday, where it will be free for Xbox Live Gold members. The PS4 port will follow on Monday, 5th July.

Players will be able to import their save data from the first Banner Saga into this sequel.

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The Banner Saga 2 launch detailed

The Banner Saga 2 launch detailed

UPDATE: PS4 and Xbox One editions dated.

UPDATE 12/5/16: The Banner Saga 2 will launch for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on Tuesday 26th July, developer Stoic has said.

The Viking strategy sequel will arrive for consoles just a month after it hit PC and Mac - a vast improvement on the console launch time of the original.

"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," Stoic technical director John Watson - no relation to Sherlock Holmes - said.

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The Banner Saga console review

I'm not sure why it's taken two years since The Banner Saga's debut on computers for this handsome, world-weary tactical role-player to arrive on consoles [edit: Bertie points out to me that it's because the developer's original partner for the port folded]. But if, like me, you've let it pass you by, its appearance on Xbox One and PS4 this week presents a welcome excuse to catch up before a second instalment is released later this year.

The Banner Saga

Developer: Stoic

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The Banner Saga gets PS4 and Xbox One release date

The Banner Saga gets PS4 and Xbox One release date

UPDATE: Vita version back in business.

UPDATE 23/12/2015 8.32pm: Good news, everyone! The Banner Saga will be coming to Vita after all.

Developer Gio Corsi confirmed on Twitter that the game's publisher, Versus Evil, has decided to fund the Vita version's development.

The Vita version was previously "put on the back burner" after a third-party porting company folded, leaving developer Stoic under budget and needing to focus on the PS4 and Xbox One ports. The developer has promised more news about the Vita version in 2016.

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Banner Saga launches on iOS today at £7

Lovely jubbly crowd-funded Viking game The Banner Saga launches today on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. It's £6.99.

Banner Saga mashes a few styles of game together with striking animation. It's a strategical, turn-based and grid-based game of combat; it's a Choose Your Own Adventure in between; and it's glued together by companions and dialogue and RPG bits and bobs.

The idea is to guide two caravans of Vikings, each at different ends of the map, to the same conclusion, meeting new characters and making difficult decisions along the way.

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