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Banner Saga 2 Marches Onto PS4 July 5

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Producer, Versus Evil

Hello, PlayStation.Blog! Banner Saga 2 will be launching on July 5! 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 kickstart their Summer off right and jumped at the chance to get the second game in the hands of PS4 owners.

We’re also happy to announce that PlayStation owners get a unique in-game item that gives Banner Saga 2 players 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 starting with Banner Saga 1. We are offering all PlayStation owners a 25% discount on the first game at the 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. We haven’t even started on Banner Saga 3 yet, but we will be kicking that off very soon.


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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Chaz3010 said:

June 28th, 8:25 am

With this comment “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.” and the fact that Banner Saga 2 is part of the ‘Games with Gold’ line-up on a platform that should not be made, what are the chances we will see Banner Saga 2 release as one of July’s PlayStation Plus titles?

It has been brought forward to the day when the monthly games would be made available. Coincidence? Or am I just reading too much into this…

    mthodmn101 said:

    June 28th, 8:28 am

    It is coming to GWG, so maybe their friends at Microsoft are better.

    Hiero_Glyph said:

    June 28th, 9:08 am

    It’s just really bad marketing. I mean Xbox just crushed any hype this release has on PS4. It will be interesting to see what Sony does for PS+ in July.

Vyprstryke said:

June 28th, 8:37 am

This is wonderful!!! I loved the first one and can’t wait to hop into this! Starting up my xbox playthrough soon so I can see the different ways certain characters are in the sequel =)

Kishnabe said:

June 28th, 8:39 am

Was giddy hoping for the PSV version of BS 1.

Is there plans to bring BS 2 to the Vita as well?

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    Lance James said:

    June 28th, 9:48 am

    We need to get the first game finished first before making any other plans.

TrueAssassin86x said:

June 28th, 8:53 am

I will grab this on xbox live where its free. Then maybe down buy it down the line like i did with Rocket League.

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    Lance James said:

    June 28th, 9:49 am

    Sorry we can’t give any more details. Development did slow down a bit due to some real world issues, but it’s still progressing.

    Kishnabe said:

    June 28th, 9:49 am

    It is Cross buy..so buy the PS4 copy on sale for the first one…and just wait very patiently

Seluhir said:

June 28th, 9:27 am

This will be going onto the backlog. Too many games coming out right now taking up too much time… but definitely interested.

Ethereal said:

June 28th, 9:39 am

Awesome news! I am looking forward to diving into both of these soon. Already own the first one!

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    Lance James said:

    June 28th, 9:49 am

    Great to hear! Enjoy it!

Soulwind613 said:

June 28th, 11:21 am

“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.”

Sooooooo looking forward to playing the first game on the go on my Vita. It makes for rainy day camping fun!

Also, despite not owning a record player, I’m so tempted to get the vinyl print of the soundtrack by the excellent Austin Wintory: http://store.iam8bit.com/products/the-banner-saga-vinyl-soundtrack-2xlp. But damn that Canadian $..:(

Keep up the good work!

Lates’

infinitycure said:

June 28th, 11:43 am

Any info on the price for the bundle?

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    Lance James said:

    June 29th, 11:55 am

    We’ll have that available very soon!

iREVOLTER said:

June 28th, 12:49 pm

Still waiting for that Vita release. =(

plaztiksyke said:

June 28th, 1:13 pm

Very excited for this!

Thanks for the update on the Vita version. I appreciate 3PP or whoever is handling things taking the time to make sure things are performant and decently bug-free. The wait was worth it for Axiom Verge and Volume on Vita, and I’m sure it will be worth it for for this game as well. (Unlike the recent Xcom and Civ Rev dumps from 2K.)

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    Lance James said:

    June 29th, 11:55 am

    Yup! We don’t want to rush anything out the door until it’s ready.

terminatorx0606 said:

June 28th, 3:46 pm

I heard you are giving this game free on Games with Gold this month, and I am sure it won’t be free for a few months. If so, could it be and the first one in the coming months?

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