The Banner Saga (episode 1 of 3) launches on Nintendo Switch on May 17. That's this Thursday, folks. And while my entire journey has been encapsulated on PC—from the story's gorgeous, fretful first episode through the splintered, broken second episode—I imagine that the Switch would be a fantastic place to experience it all again. Or for the first time, if you've skipped it on every other platform. And trust me, it's already on every other platform. I mean, congrats to developer Stoic Studio. Either they've had the diligence and work ethic to port it to everything from Windows to iOS, or they've made enough revenue to pay third parties to port it for them.
Either way, the Switch will get to partake in a Viking mythological version of the Oregon Trail. As it always has been, The Banner Saga is as bleak as it is beautiful. Its soundtrack is distilled raw energy. And four years ago, before the "dadification of games" was even an idea we were all catching onto, Banner Saga was unafraid to examine the tense and loving relationship between a warrior father and his warrior daughter.
Again, The Banner Saga 1 hits the Switch on May 17. Otherwise, it can be found on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, PS4, and Xbox One.
AN EPIC JOURNEY BEGINS: THE BANNER SAGA ARRIVES ON NINTENDO SWITCH ON MAY 17th
BALTIMORE, MD – May 10, 2018 – Stoic, an independent game development company, and Versus Evil, one of the leading independent video game publishers, today announced the award winning, BAFTA nominated, indie hit The Banner Saga role-playing strategy game is coming to Nintendo Switch on May 17th.
The Banner Saga is an epic single player driven Viking saga, where a player’s choice in travel, conversation and combat determines the outcome of their own personal story as well as the survival of an entire civilization. The game also features stunning 2D animation and art, a unique tactical combat system and a cast of unforgettable characters, all of which drive this epic journey forward.
“Launching The Banner Saga on Nintendo Switch is an exciting moment for us, as we gear up in 2018 to enter the third and final chapter of the series it’s only fitting we give Nintendo players an opportunity to enjoy this award winning Viking inspired saga where the journey begins.” Said Steve Escalante, General Manager of Versus Evil.
"We've always strived to share this epic series and the narrative of the saga across a variety of platforms and we are thrilled to now bring the Banner Saga to a whole new community of console players on the Nintendo Switch" said John Watson, Technical Director at Stoic.
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 of Pocket Gamer’s 2015 Best Adventure/RPG Game and Best Android Game of the Year.
The Banner Saga is available on multiple formats including Steam for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as well the App Store for iPad and iPhone, on Google Play and Amazon for Android devices and on Windows based tablets.
To learn more about The Banner Saga visit: www.bannersaga.com