After a previous discussion about the prospect of a third and final The Banner Saga game, developer Stoic Studios launched a $200,000 Kickstarter Campaign to raise money for it. the $200,000 goal goes toward adding “addition features.” Stoic Studios is also donating some of their own money toward the Kickstarter Campaign. The official Kickstarter video can be seen below.
The Banner Saga 3 is to be the final installment of the turned-based trilogy based on Viking culture. Stoic is looking for the game to be the “worthy, climatic conclusion” of the series.
Kickstarters are nothing new for Stoic; the first The Banner Saga series was created thanks to money gathered from Kickstarter.
“We’re going full circle and returning to Kickstarter where it all began,” Stoic founder John Watson said in a statement. “We’re proud to be indie, and despite the stellar support we get from our publisher, Versus Evil, we’re not taking any outside funding to bring this series home, we’d love Kickstarter support to add additional features that are simply beyond our current budget.”
Below is the official description of The Banner Saga 3.
“In Banner Saga 3, players will embark on their final journey beyond the wall of Darkness to traverse the world unlike anything encountered in previous sagas. The [beautiful hand-drawn] Viking role-playing adventure will once again test the player’s resolve through epic tactical battles against deadly adversaries where a player’s choice directly affects their personal journey. The lives of your clansmen and their families have never been more significant than in the final act of the series.”
Pledges of $20 get you The Banner Saga 3 for either PC or Mac through Steam or GOG. Other tiers of pledges above $20 include a $5,000 pledge which makes you an executive producer of the game. Any $20 addition to your pledge gets you copies of the first two games.
“To produce a game of this quality will not be cheap,” Stoic co-founder Arnie Jorgensen said. “We’d love more cutscenes, more animations, boss fights, and basically more time to do it right.”
“Everyone that has played Banner Saga knows how important the score is to the emotion and mood of the game,” reads a line from the game’s Kickstarter page. “This world-renowned composer has been with us from the start and will be with us to the end, but he’s fighting battles to make our current budget work. Let’s give him the means to make it everything he knows it should be!”