Banner Saga 2

Gorgeous and mournful, The Banner Saga 2 is enriched by a story that meaningfully remembers the choices we've made.

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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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July Xbox Games with Gold titles announced

July Xbox Games with Gold titles announced

The Banner Saga 2! Tumblestone! Tron! More!

Microsoft's announced July's Xbox Games with Gold titles.

On Xbox One, Xbox Live Gold members can download the superb strategy game The Banner Saga 2 for free during July.

Competitive multiplayer puzzle game Tumblestone is free from 16th July to 15th August.

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The Banner Saga 2 Review

RecommendedThe Banner Saga 2 Review

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There's a character in The Banner Saga called Egil. You probably won't remember much about him even if you played the first game, aside from the fact that he carries a big shield and clearly fancies the protagonist's daughter, Alette. He's alright, but a little forgettable in what becomes an epic tale of giants, magic and a world-devouring serpent. In fact, according to the developers, only something like five percent of players managed to keep him alive throughout the events of the first game. A fairly minor character, then. But as part of that five percent of players (not bragging, just saying), I was delighted to see Egil play a small role in The Banner Saga 2 after importing my save file. These games delight in conveying the terrible burdens of leadership and so it feels especially important that the choices made so far have meant something.

The Banner Saga 2

Publisher: Versus Evil

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VideoWatch: 33 minutes of The Banner Saga 2

Varl, varl, varl. What do we have here?

We all got a little carried away with Kickstarter back in 2012, but there were a few things we got really, really right. Giving Stoic a bunch of money to create The Banner Saga, for example, turned out to be a fantastic idea. The combat may not have been to everyone's taste, but ensuring that disjointed caravan of humans and varl survived their journey towards refuge was unforgettable. Also, have you heard that soundtrack?!

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 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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