The Banner Saga Could Come to Consoles, PS Vita After Tablet Release

Stoic Games is considering a console release after The Banner Saga hits iOS, Android, and Windows tablets.

Last week, developer Stoic Games announced that its tactical role-playing game The Banner Saga will release on iPad, Android, and Windows tablets this summer, and console players might get a chance to play the game eventually as well.

Speaking with Digital Spy, programmer John Watson said that Stoic has been working on the iOS and Android editions of the game since The Banner Saga was released on PC in January. Now that those version are on the way, Stoic hopes to release the game on consoles too.

"The ideal would be to get some console ports out before the end of the year,” Watson said. “Whether we can make that happen or not, I don't know. Some things are easier than others. I think the game would be great on Vita, but I think that would come after other consoles. It's a path of least resistance thing; there's three of us.”

Watson also said that he’d rather see the game on the PlayStation 4 before the PlayStation Vita because Stoic might need to make some changes to the game to take advantage of the PS Vita’s controls, which can use touch and button at the same time.

Earlier this year Stoic was involved in a trademark dispute with Candy Crush Saga developer King, which claimed The Banner Saga is "confusingly and deceptively similar" to Candy Crush Saga. In March, Stoic announced it reached an agreement with King that enables both parties to protect their respective trademarks.

For more on The Banner Saga, be sure to read GameSpot’s review.

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dametreusp
dametreusp

Who ever havent played this game yet shame on you lol its sooooo awesome played it on the IOS cant wait till part 2

kingtrax
kingtrax

I'd buy this for Vita when it comes out.  And usually I just wait for a sale.

sandplasma
sandplasma

I'm confused, is this related to Candy Crush saga? (lol)

DigitalDame
DigitalDame moderator moderatorstaff

Yay! More awesomeness on the Vita. 

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

Great game, everything about the game shows alot of love and care put into it. I read a story about how kings game was shot gun law-suiting anything in the ios tablet market with any names similar to their own. Funny as 'saga' is def as an epic viking tale of Banner Saga does and which candy crush has nothing to do with it, seems more funny then anything until I read it would take 10s of thousands of dollars a month to fight this lawsuit with King knowing they "king game" would never win but it would be enough to crush many small team start ups like those who created Banner Saga. If not for huge fan backlash and video game press showing this as one of the more extreme and crappiest forms of wide spread lawsuits by a much larger company in an attempt to push down and thin the competition and market. They would have been able to not only force Banner saga to change their name but probably not be able to release anymore chapters in this awesome game. King games also tried trademark the word 'candy' and 'crush' in the video game industry, guess we will not be seeing a Candyland game anytime soon. 

jecomans
jecomans

I hope it does. The game was fantastic, I can't wait for the next instalment. The more people who get to play it the better. But srsly Stoic; hurry up and complete the bigger picture. 

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

Keep milking that one game, baby!

Actually, I wonder how many console owners would have already played this game on a mobile device or PC?  It just seems like the more and more devices a game is ported to, the more greatly returns would diminish for doing the ports.  So many people own multiple devices (especially when you throw mobile devices in the mix), and if they really wanted the game they probably would have gotten it on a device that it was previously released on.  

I would love to see actual industry research on that though.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

What kind of half-wit tries to sue someone for using the word saga in their title. That's Donald Trump dumb.

Glen_Runciter
Glen_Runciter

... ooof course they are spending their time with porting to inferior systems before we get a sequel...

sakaixx
sakaixx

Is the game good ? really do hope they  make it to both playstation consoles n vita cause I like some cross buy/save features. I love that feature it's handy as hell for someone who travel a lot.

jecomans
jecomans

@dametreusp Did the IOS port run really nicely? I've got a few friends who haven't been convinced this gem is worth playing, for various reasons, but a great mobile port could be the thing that does it.

Also, yes, Stoic, give me the rest of the story. 

jecomans
jecomans

@spacecadet25 In much of the world tablets and iPads are still very rare. And many console owners, even if they had a crappy laptop or family PC lying around that could run a game like this, wouldn't use it for games. Without console ports they are probably cutting out half their market. 

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

I bought this the other day on steam sales. If I knew they wanted to port it to the vita, I would have held off on that purchase.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@Glen_Runciter  Yeah, don't you hate that?  Like Rockstar wasting time porting GTA V to PC, when they could be working on GTA VI.


jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

@sakaixx The game is hauntingly exceptional, a mix of fantasy tactics with oregon trail. With a story line of vikings and not-chitting you end of the world the pace and everything about the game will draw you in and keep you. There really hasn't been anything like it in a while and that is refreshing. 

jecomans
jecomans

@sakaixx My non-AAA game of the year so far. Great story, and character development options; definitely a good RPG in that sense. The turn-based combat system is also very good, with interesting mechanics. I had very few issues with it overall. At one point I wasn't sure which character I was meant to be because you follow different paths a times, and twice random events didn't make sense to me, but that's a minor gripe. It looks beautiful, too. It would be pretty perfect for c/s on PS, too.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@sakaixx  Playstation and Vita cross-buy would be nice.

Heck, this game sounds like it's small enough size that even the Wii U could handle it, but I doubt they'd spend the time on a Wii U version (since they said they're putting it on consoles, not "specialty consoles."

Glen_Runciter
Glen_Runciter

@spacecadet25 @Glen_Runciter no, you got it all backwards. you see, the problem with GTAV was they first made the version FOR THE inferior systems, THEN started making the version for PC

jecomans
jecomans

@spacecadet25 The Wii U is more powerful than the Vita or PS360, so it would be fine. The game isn't that taxing any way.