Matthew banned us mak­ing Vik­ing puns. What a Nordick

XBox: The Official Magazine (US) - - PREVIEW - Pub­lisheR Ver­sus Evil De­vel­oper Stoic Stu­dio For­mat Xbox One due 26 July

A turn-based strat­egy game based on Norse mythol­ogy didn’t strike us as an ob­vi­ous mon­ey­maker. As el­e­va­tor pitches go, it’s hardly Be­jew­eled vs. Su­per­man, is it? That said, what with Dark Souls and Game­ofThrones prov­ing ap­petites for dark fan­tasy are stronger than ever, TheBan­nerSaga’s frosty tone and bleak out­look are not so un­usual. It helped, too, that Stoic built a great game, a strat­egy ad­ven­ture rem­i­nis­cent of Nin­tendo’s Fire Em­blem se­ries, where you tried to keep your clan safe from a body­count that’d make Ge­orge RR Martin flinch. As Part2 starts its own per­ilous trek to Xbox One, the stu­dio ex­plain what they learnt from the orig­i­nal’s fans.

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