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Friday, March 23, 2012

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6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Gamasutra recently posted a new interview with Stoic co-founder Alex Thomas about the company's upcoming strategy role playing adventure game, The Banner Saga. 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.

"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, but it's not just about defeating the villain and saving the day. It's not about grinding to get past the next fight," he said. The real trick is making players care about the fiction they interact with.

To create that emotional depth, The Banner Saga will present players with numerous decision-focused scenarios, giving them a chance to take ownership of their actions, forge relationships with in-game characters, and otherwise feel like a part of Stoic's grim, fantasy-based world.

"We want the player to care about what happens to the people they travel with because ultimately, you and your kin are all in it together. There's a sense of community missing in games that we're trying to bring to the front of The Banner Saga."

Stoic recently reached and surpassed its funding target, giving the project an official greenlight.

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Gamasutra: Banner Saga Interview
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