The Banner Saga arrived at the great RPS mead hall to a somewhat mixed reception. We appreciated the manner in which the beleaguered band of luminaries presented themselves but couldn’t help but yawn long before they’d finished telling us of the events that had brought them to our table. Whatever its flaws may be, The Banner Saga told an unusually bleak and believable tale of a world in its twilight years, and I’ll gladly cast aside my reservations to see the continuation of that tale. The video below doesn’t give a great deal away, but it confirms that the next chapter of the saga is incoming.
I remember the end of the game being impressive enough that I played through it a second time to show to a flatmate. Getting there really was a bit of a slog though. My refugees had suffered greatly on their journey, facing destruction and ruin, striving to survive and to find sanctuary. There had been many gruelling and somewhat repetitive turn-based battles, and despite the decisions their leaders had made along the way, I couldn’t help but feel the party’s path had been set by some higher power.
Despite all of that, I’m glad I went along on the journey. If the follow-up provides a greater sense of control during the movement and management sections, while varying the combat a little, it could be the classic that The Banner Saga carried within it all along. Even if it’s more of the same though, it’s rare to see a game that is so beautifully crafted, and the world and narrative might be strong enough to carry me through again.
The Banner Saga 2 will be out sometime next year.