The game was released for the PC and mobile devices last year, but its journey to consoles hit some turbulent seas.
Viking epic The Banner Saga will be available to download via the PlayStation 4 store and on Xbox One via the ID@Xbox self-publishing program on Jan. 12.
Although the game was released for the PC and mobile devices last year to much critical acclaim, its journey to consoles hit some turbulent seas. This can be attributed to developer Stoic Games wanting to make sure the game was optimized for consoles and wasn’t just a quick and dirty port.
“Porting the game certainly presented technical challenges that we needed to overcome, and gave us an opportunity to redesign the user experience for console controllers,” John Watson, founder and technical director at Stoic, said in a press release. “We have managed to merge the story and gameplay from Banner Saga with a refined controller interface to make it a very enjoyable console gaming experience.”
Working on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game has taught the team how to develop games for those systems, leaving the door open for them to make more console games in the future.
“Launching the Banner Saga on next-gen consoles is a huge step forward for Stoic and the brand” said Steve Escalante, general manager of Versus Evil. “With this latest achievement, the Stoic team is able to work on more platforms and reach more customers with its games and technology. This is not a small thing to consider for such a small team. Looking ahead at what this could mean for Banner Saga 2 gets really exciting.”
The Banner Saga 2 is currently in development for PC, mobile devices, and consoles. It was originally slated to be released in 2015 but has been delayed to 2016.
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