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Banner Saga 2 turn-based strategy RPG release date announced


Stoic, an independent game #development company, and Versus Evil, one of the leading independent video game publishers, today announced that Banner Saga 2 for Mac and Windows PC will #launch on Tuesday 19th April, 2016 with #Linux in the mix hopefully. Banner Saga 2 is the exciting sequel to the award winning, BAFTA nominated, indie hit The Banner Saga, an epic Viking role-playing strategy game where a player’s choice directly affects their personal journey.  The console versions of the game are set to launch this summer.

The team also revealed their plans for a showcase at PAX East in Boston which runs from 22-24th April, 2016 to celebrate Banner Saga 2s launch week.  The showcase, which is being sponsored by partners AMD and Razer, has been designed to give attendees an inside look into the Banner Saga universe and will take place over the full three days of the event. Fans will be able to play the newly released game on Versus Evil booth #10081 in the main hall.

Spearheading the activity is a Banner Saga panel which will take place on Saturday 23rd April from 10:30am – 11:30am in the Albatross Theatre.  The panel, which will be moderated by YouTube gaming personality Jesse Cox, will include development team members Arnie Jorgensen (Art Director), John Watson (Technical Director), Drew McGee (Writer) and Matt Rhoades (Tech Designer) as well as by Grammy nominated, two-time BAFTA winning composer Austin Wintory. The panelists will discuss the Banner Saga universe and also tease some of the great things that gamers can expect to experience in the newly released Banner Saga 2. The team will also show off the worldwide premier of theBanner Saga “In Memoriam” trailer created by Penny Arcade contributor Kris Straub. Finally, the first 100 panel attendees will receive a limited edition Banner Saga 2 t-shirt and Versus Evil and Stoic will also be handing out prizes to cosplayers who attend the event dressed in Banner Saga inspired costumes.

In addition to encouraging cosplay fans to dress up as their favorite Banner Sagacharacter, there will be a large photo booth next to the registration desk outside the main hall where people can take pictures against a stunning backdrop taken directly from the game.  Props will also be on hand to help make each picture more authentic and people will be encouraged to share their moment in theBanner Saga world on Twitter (@BannerSaga) and Facebook (#BannerSaga).

Fans will also be able to get a limited run paperback copy of the book “The Gift of Hadrborg” by James Fadeley, a book that has further expanded the Banner Sagauniverse and which serves as a prelude to the video game story. Fadeley will also be by the photo booth on Saturday morning to sign copies.

Finally, the Banner Saga has once again been honored by the Penny Arcade team by being selected as one of the official Pinny Arcade collectable pins at the event.  The exclusive ‘Bolverk’ pin will be available to anyone who visits the AMD booth (#9200) to pick up a limited edition Banner Saga 2 lanyard. They can then take that to the Versus Evil (#10081) booth to play the Banner Saga 2 demo and redeem their pin.  Fans can also pick up the limited edition Dredge and Ivor pins at the Versus Evil store set up at the booth.

The Banner Saga, which launched to much critical acclaim has received several awards and nominations, including winner of the 2014 Geekie Awards for “Best Video Game”, winner of 2014 Game Developers Choice: “Best Debut”award, finalist placement for “Excellence in Visual Arts” category at the Independent Game Festival, 3 BAFTA Award Nominations, and winner ofPocket Gamer’s 2015 Best Adventure/RPG Game and Best Android Game of the Year. The sequel, Banner Saga 2 for PC is available now for pre-order through Steam with a 10% discount.

Linux Game News has contacted both developer and publisher regarding the Linux release, seeing the platform is not listed on Steam. Stay tuned for more details.

To learn more about The Banner Saga and Banner Saga 2