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Strategy sequel Banner Saga 2 hits PS4 next month

Stoic’s much-anticipated follow-up arrives on PlayStation Store on 5th July

Hello PlayStation Blog! Lance from Versus Evil here to share some awesome news with all of you! Banner Saga 2 will be launching on 5th July!

We originally planned to launch later in the month. However, because of the combined effort of our friends at Sony and the hard work by the team at Shiny Shoe, we are able to bring this to you much sooner. Stoic wanted people to kick start their summer off right and jumped at the chance to get the second game in PlayStation 4 owners’ hands – just three months after the launch on PC and Mac, which is so much quicker than the previous wait you guys had for Banner Saga 1!

We’re also happy to let you know that as PlayStation owners we’re giving you a unique in-game item which gives players of Banner Saga 2 a passive ability bonus. The “Playful Hilt of Arnr” will be in your inventory once you start the game.

For those of you that care about the detail of such things, here’s a little more info about this item. The hilt of this unique sword is said to provide comfort in extended battles. Equipable at level 10, this item will give you a +3 all talent rank and a +20% double strength damage.

The community has been sending us some questions so we got the good fellas from Stoic, John and Arnie, to answer them for you folks!

Can we still play Banner Saga 2 if we haven’t played Banner Saga 1?

Arnie: Yes! There’s no downside if you’re jumping into this from scratch. To help those of you that didn’t play Banner Saga 1, we’ve included a recap video that gives you a quick low-down of events that happened before Banner Saga 2 and we’ve also given you two default characters to choose from in the starting options if you haven’t imported your save game from Banner Saga 1.

Does the save game from Banner Saga 1 automatically import into Banner Saga 2 once I’ve downloaded it?

John: Nope. You are given the option to choose what you would like to do – either import a saved game or choose one of the default starting options.

Can I play Banner Saga 2 before Banner Saga 1?

Arnie: Yes you can of course, but if you are interested in playing from the start of the story, we’d suggest you play it in order, so from Banner Saga 1. We are offering all PlayStation owners a 25% discount on the first game at launch of Banner Saga 2 and there’s also a bundle offer for both games, so now’s the time if you are interested!

Is Banner Saga 1 still coming to PS Vita?

John: Development for PS Vita is still underway and largely being handled by our friends at Sony.

How long will we have to wait until Banner Saga 3?

Arnie: Banner Saga 3 will conclude this trilogy and we are working hard to try and make it ship simultaneously on all platforms, so console owners won’t have to wait to get to play the final part of this story.

The first game came out two years after the original release on PC, and Banner Saga 2 came out three months after the original release on PC, so as you see we are improving the odds each time! You have to understand though, that we are a core team of just four developers, so as I’m sure you can imagine, it’s a HUGE task for us to achieve this, but we’re working towards it. If we manage to do a simultaneous ship, you can give us a pat on the back.

Thank you all for supporting us and other indie developers. Working with PlayStation and the PlayStation community is exciting for us and we can’t wait to deliver you more great content.

Do you have any questions? Ask in the comments below and we’ll do our best to get you some answers!

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Rob_Velocity 28 June, 2016 @ 16:15
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Exclusive content is nice, but free is nicer. Will it be on Playstation Plus seeing as Xbox One gamers are getting it on Games with Gold? Loved the original.

Lance James 28 June, 2016 @ 16:43
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Not currently planned – but we certainly can’t tell the future. :)

I was supposed to say the V*** word which for some developers became new F*** word… ya know… nasty and taboo word.

But to my suprise, Versus Evil still remembers about Vita. And they mentioned it by themselves. Big Kudos. Sometimes it gets silly when you have to ask 20 times whether game that was announced for both Vita and PS4… is never mentioned after official announcement.

So what’s the idea? Some times ago you guys were saying on…. twitter? (or was it blog) that you will take into consideration releasing Banner Saga on Vita later on but in bundle. So.. what’s your plans now? Banner Saga 1 on Vita, and 2 and 3 in your dreams… or is it still in plans?

deikondhevin 28 June, 2016 @ 16:43
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Dude, chill. I’m all for defending the Vita, but give them a break. No need to be that harsh.
They said that the port was being done by Sony. It almost didn’t happen, remember? This probably means that they don’t know when it is coming out and that it’s unlikely that the 2nd and 3rd are coming out, for now.

Lance James 28 June, 2016 @ 16:44
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It’s still in development. We actually stopped development on it as it wasn’t going well, but our friends at Sony stepped in and offered some help/guidance. Their leading the way on that front now for Banner Saga 1 on Vita. We’ll take a look once we get the first game finished and see about the possibility for other games.

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@LanceJames
Ahh ok, I see. Thanks for reply.

@deikondhevin
Breath in, breath out. No malice from my side. I was sincerly grateful for mentioning Vita this time, as we didn’t need to pull anyone’s teeth to get answer about Vita version.

ste_the_legend 28 June, 2016 @ 16:31
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“Development for PS Vita is still underway and largely being handled by our friends at Sony” translates tome as “Expect it sometime around 2025”

Lance James 28 June, 2016 @ 16:45
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Yea, sorry we don’t have more details for you. There have been some non-game dev related things affecting the timeline as well as it just being somewhat difficult.

ste_the_legend 28 June, 2016 @ 17:10
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Don’t get me wrong Lance, I wasn’t having a go at you or your company. I think most Vita fans know that the buck stops with Sony for a lot of the things that have happened to the handheld.

ste_the_legend 28 June, 2016 @ 16:31
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*to me

Will play it on xbox next week.

Same here, was trying to resist posting that but as someone else has I can just reply, does seem strange that sony promoting Xbox free games though, happened last month with the crew, big blog on it on here and was going free with gold

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I own Banner Saga 1, you have a sale on the second one and when you release the final one i will buy that too and play the lot in one go lol. Kudos for your hard work :)

Lance James 28 June, 2016 @ 17:53
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Thanks!

HomessaHomem 28 June, 2016 @ 17:22
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I WANT THIS IN MY VITA :(

Been meaning to play these games due to art style alone.

Will keep a look out for that 1 & 2 bundle.

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Thank you for actually being upfront about the Vita version, this is literally not happening with just about every other relevant title right now it seems.

Lance James 29 June, 2016 @ 19:56
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We’re doing our best to share what info we can :)

ZeroAbbadon 28 June, 2016 @ 23:53
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Soooooooo Banner Saga 1 for PS+ next week?

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Cheaper on Steam.

Arnie: Yes you can of course, but if you are interested in playing from the start of the story, we’d suggest you play it in order, so from Banner Saga 1. We are offering all PlayStation owners a 25% discount on the first game at launch of Banner Saga 2 and there’s also a bundle offer for both games, so now’s the time if you are interested!

Huh?
Bundle offer but 1 is still full price? Nice move whoever sanctioned that.. Bit underhanded to promise something one week then renege on it immediately. Disappointing conduct, disappointed gamer.

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There was a bundle offer and an individual discount on 1. What did they renege on exactly?

Grabbed both games in the bundle and recently completed the first. What a game!

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