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The Banner Saga Announced
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 12 comments

Stoic recently announced The Banner Saga, a new strategy role playing adventure game. Launched as a Kickstarter crowd funded project by three former Bioware developers, the game will combine elements of turn based strategy, role playing, and adventure games. The Banner Saga follows the exploits of a band of vikings.

The Banner Saga is a role-playing game merged with turn-based strategy, wrapped into an adventure mini-series about vikings.

Travel through stunning landscapes straight out of an animated film. Battle painstakingly hand-animated foes in strategic, turn-based combat harkening back to the classic "Tactics" days of gaming. Make decisions with consequences in conversations with people you'll truly care about.

And throughout the whole thing record the history of your people on your banner where it will be remembered, because soon there might not be anything left.

The Banner Saga is a mature game aimed at gamers who appreciate art, story and strategy.

Our first priority has always been to make a role-playing game that feels and looks fresh, and plays like the classic tactical strategy games of our childhood. It's not about defeating the villain and saving the day. It's not about grinding to get past the next fight. The Banner Saga throws you into the end of the world and asks "how do you deal with this"?

  • DRM-Free, and available on PC and Mac
  • Not another generic fantasy: Drawing heavily from Norse culture while creating its own identity and mythology, The Banner Saga takes a low-fantasy approach to viking themes. Giants: yes. Horned helmets: no.
  • Strategic combat: Recruit a large roster of unique characters throughout the story, each with different abilities that interact in combat in a deeply tactical way and personalities of their own. The Banner Saga harkens back to classic turn-based gameplay with a strong emphasis on tactics over brute force and endless grinding.
  • Travel across gorgeous landscapes: The choices you make as events arise have a huge affect on how the story plays out- who survives, who dies, and what's worth saving. Add people to your caravan as you travel, or lose them when tough decisions arise. You're not just fighting to save nameless strangers, you're fighting for your neighbors, your family and your way of life. We want you to care what happens to them.
  • An emphasis on story: Your choices in dialogue and throughout the game truly affect the story and the people around you. A mature story for adults means forming relationships and making tough decisions; not sex, violence and swearing.
  • Play online: Though the single-player campaign is our focus, The Banner Saga provides a deep multiplayer game; build a unique party of characters and battle friends and enemies in multiplayer combat. Upgrade your party over time and devise new strategies.
  • Risk in gameplay: A lot of modern games play it safe- you know you'll defeat the evil and save the day. In The Banner Saga you can't take anything for granted. We want it to feel like a good tv mini-series; the world doesn't revolve around you, it's about how you deal with change.
The Banner Saga is currently at $77,043 of its $100,000 target, with a month left to go. It is planned for a November 2012 release.

Click over to the page below to learn more about the game.

The Banner Saga

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Combat Mission: Battle For Normandy Offers Updated Demo
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story has released an updated demo for its World War II title, Combat Mission: Battle For Normandy. Version 1.10 of the demo updates the original with elements from the game's first module Commonwealth Forces.

  • only four scenarios, especially made for this demo version, are playable, including one scenario from the "Commonwealth Forces" module. (Note: This Demo includes a training battle "Training Mission - The Road to Berlin", playable from the American side. We recommend playing this battle before the other two.)
  • QuickBattles are disabled (but the QB setup screen is visible)
  • multiplayer modes (PBEM/TCP) are fully enabled
  • the Scenario Editor is enabled and fully functional, but it will not allow you to purchase units, load, or save any maps
  • contains nag screens during launch end exit of the demo.
Head over to the link below to check out the new demo.

Combat Mission: Battle For Normandy Demo
Combat Mission: Battle For Normandy
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The Future Of The Dragon Age Saga
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 5 comments

Dragon Age II executive producer Mark Darrah recently posted a new letter to the community on the Bioware forums. In the post the producer discussed the future of the Dragon Age franchise, asking for fan feedback and promising to continue supporting the game even as new expansions and DLC seems to be drawing to an end. In a later twitter post Darrah also revealed that Dragon Age II: Exalted March, a planned expansion pack, had been cancelled in favor of other "DA opportunites."

You’ve most certainly heard the rumors floating around, and unfortunately I can’t really comment on them. However, what I can say is that we’ve been thinking a lot about Dragon Age – what it means, and where it could go. This past year, we’ve spent a lot of time both going back to the “BioWare vault” of games and re-examining them, and looking at some new possibilities that today’s industry allows.

With that, the next thing for the Dragon Age team members and I to do is hear from you, and not just on the forums, or Facebook, or Twitter. We’ll be attending a number of conventions and gatherings, including PAX East in April. The most valuable thing we can get out of those meetings is to hear from you on those same topics – what does Dragon Age mean to you, and where would you like to see it go? We’re excited to hear what you have to say!

On behalf of the entire team, we are incredibly eager to reach the moment when we can tell you more and show you where we are taking Dragon Age. But for now, thank you for your continued support, and we will be back here with more as soon as we can.

Read more at the site linked below.

Dragon Age: Letter To The Community
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Darth Maul Returns In Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 6 comments

Sony Online Entertainment recently announced that fan favorite villain Darth Maul will rise from the dead in Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures. The sith's return in the game will coinicide with his appearance in the season four finale of The Clone Wars animated television show. Darth Maul will menace players in three separate missions.

A fallen enemy rises! The evil Darth Maul, long thought dead since his defeat by Obi-Wan Kenobi at the Battle of Naboo, has returned to wreak havoc during the Clone Wars! As Maul returns to menace the galaxy in the season four finale of "Star Wars: The Clone Wars ," he also appears in Sony Online Entertainment's (SOE)Star Wars ®: Clone Wars Adventures ™.

In addition to seeing the vicious Sith Lord in action tonight on the Cartoon Network, Star Wars players can see him appear in-game in three different missions including:

  • A new stage in the 'Dark Side Duel' mini-game
  • A holoprojector that allows players to disguise themselves and turn their character into his image
  • An ultimate boss fight in the Ancient Sith Academy on the surface of Umbara
In order to experience the ultimate boss fight with Darth Maul, players must complete the Sinister Holocron collection to gain access into the ruined Academy where Maul has hidden and retreated to recover his strength, alongside his long-lost brother, Savage Opress. Once there, players should approach with caution as they must first battle Ancient Sith Training Droids and mad Dark Acolytes with dangerous Force mind tricks in order to confront Darth Maul himself in his lava-strewn lair. Gamers be warned: Opress will be close at hand throughout the entire mission!

Players who complete these missions will be given in-game rewards and can earn the new player title, "The Unyielding."

Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures is available to Mac gamers courtesy of TransGaming.

Learn more at the sites below.

Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures

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