Matthew banned us making Viking puns. What a Nordick
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.