The Banner Saga 2 Announced For 2015 Release: Sequel To Epic Norse Indie Game Announced At The Game Awards [TRAILER]

By Steve Buja , Updated Dec 08, 2014 01:08 PM EST

Stoic Studios and Versus Evil, the companies behind game of the year contender The Banner Saga, have officially confirmed the sequel.

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The Banner Saga 2 will make landfall next year on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One via the ID@Xbox independent game publishing platform. The announcement was made during The Game Awards online broadcast this past weekend.

“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,” said Steve Escalante, general manager, Versus Evil. “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.”

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The Banner Saga 2 will continue the truly epic tale of the band of Norse heroes who must save the world. The original game was one of the first great Kickstarter success stories. The turn-based tactical strategy game has been released on several platforms since its original induction on Steam, most recently on Android devices.

“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,” said Arnie Jorgensen, co-owner and art director, Stoic. “Here we are announcing our next game, our way, on a worldwide 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.”

The next generation of consoles has brought about a great advancement in graphical processing power, but it has inadvertently created a new wave of independent games that may not be as “next gen” as their beefier brethren, but are no less enjoyable. Despite the graphical limitations of The Banner Saga, it remains one of the very best games of the year.

Watch the official announcement trailer below. More details to come as they arrive.

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