The sequel to 2014’s critically acclaimed The Banner Saga, Banner Saga 2 is a Viking-themed tactical role-playing video game, inspired by games such as, Final Fantasy Tactics and Shining Force. Like the first game in the series, Banner Saga 2 is said to contain a “mature” story, that can be altered through an array of conversation choices. Further, choices you made in the first game will influence how you start in Banner Saga 2. However, if you didn’t play the first game, these choices will be made for you.
Stoic Technical Director John Watson announced the following on the game’s official website:
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. Although our team size dictated what we could do with the first release, we knew that a two year wait for the sequel was just not acceptable, so we worked extremely hard to ensure that console gamers could continue their journey in a timely fashion. Our goal for Banner Saga 3 is to simultaneously ship on all platforms!
The Banner Saga 2 first released on PC on April 19th, 2016. Upon release, it garnered a 83 on Metacritic.
The Banner Saga was easily one of 2014’s best games, and this year’s sequel will (for me at least) be one of 2016’s best games come the end of December. For the first game, console players had to wait two years to receive their copy, as it only released this past January. Therefore, it’s great to see the wait time drastically cut this time around, and even better to hear the next installment in the series will launch simultaneously on all platforms.
Tyler Fischer is an Associate Writer for MONG who plays video games when he’s not busy researching alien conspiracy theories at 2AM. You can find him on Twitter.