The Banner Saga iOS edition is almost here! As Stoic Studio promised, the tablet version of the amazing Oregon Trail meets Disgaea meets Viking epic indie game is hitting those keyboardless computers we all hear so much about. The tablet version of the game is going to make its début on Windows, Android, and iPad tablets in September, which, in case you didn't know, is hardly far away at all. But Banner Saga 2? That, my dears, is going to be a far away something indeed.
Banner Saga Tablet Release Date: iOS, Windows, Android
The Banner Saga tablet edition has been a long time coming. The PC and Mac version of the game first hit Steam, fittingly, in the middle of winter, more specifically back in January. The game, which is amazing, was originally slated to come to tablets in this summer, but bear in mind two facts: Almost all of September is technically still summer, if you want to play semantics. And the Stoic Studio team ran into certain... distractions... this year over the use of the name "Saga" with the deplorable and heinous makers of Candy Crush Saga. It's a very small team, so a slight slip in the initial release window is hardly surprising.
Anyway, the wait for the Banner Saga iOS release date will be more than worth it. The tablet version presented a variety of hurdles, as tablet versions always do, and the team has been impressively open in discussing them, so you should check it out if you're of a technical bent. The biggest problem was simply that the game is huge, and has a huge amount of stunning art, more than a measly iPad can handle. This was easily dealt with by experimenting with slightly lower resolutions, but we don't know what their exact solution was just yet.
Anyway, that's all besides the point: Banner Saga iOS, Android, and Windows tablet versions are coming to us in a month and change, or less. We should expect console versions sometime after that, but those aren't being done entirely in house, so will take a little longer.
Banner Saga 2 Release Date
The real question, as far as I'm concerned, is about the Banner Saga 2 release date. Like, when it will be. Unfortunately, there's no chance it will come out in 2014: Stoic has written the story and started planning some gameplay changes, but focus has been squarely on the tablet port for a while now. They rightly want to get the largest audience for the original as possible before pressing onto the sequel, but it's really just a matter of time. We'll have a long wait to see how this story continues, but, well, for all those of you who haven't had the pleasure of playing Banner Saga yet, you're in for a treat.