Banner Saga 3 Announced, Now Live on Kickstarter

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Indie game developer Stoic has announced the third and final game in the Banner Saga trilogy, Banner Saga 3. Like the first game, Banner Saga 3 is seeking funding through Kickstarter. The campaign begins today, with the funding goal of $200,000.

“We’re going full circle and returning to Kickstarter where it all began,” says John Watson, co-founder at Stoic. “In 2012 the backers were instrumental in bringing the saga to life, smashing our intial funding target that led us to increase the scope, fidelity and production values of Banner Saga.”

“We’re proud to be indie,” Watson continues. “Despite the stellar support we get from our publisher, Versus Evil, we’re not taking any outside funding to bring this series home. We’d love Kickstarter support to add additional features that are simply beyond our current budget.”

The Banner Saga series takes place in a hand-drawn world of vikings and monsters. The series melds an Oregon Trail-like journey full of tough decisions and harsh consequences with a tactical turn-based combat mode. Since the beginning the games and story were designed as a trilogy.

The Banner Saga released in 2014 and won the Game Developers Choice Award for Best Debut. The sequel was released in April 2016 and was nominated for Best Strategy Game at the 2016 Game Awards.

Minimum pledge for the Banner Saga 3 is $20. At any pledge level you can add an additional $20 to receive the first two games after the campaign finishes. If the campaign reaches its funding goal early, stretch goals for additional funding will be announced. The first Banner Saga raised over $700,000 from 20,000 backers in 2012.

Shovel Knight DLC Specter of Torment Coming in April

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Shovel Knight has been one of the most well-received indie titles from Kickstarter. As part of its crowdfunding campaign, Yacht Club Games has been developing and releasing additional stand-alone campaigns that focus on some of the bosses from the main game. The first such campaign, Plague of Shadows, released last Fall. Coming this Spring we’ll see the second one, titled Specter of Torment.

When Specter of Torment launches, the main Shovel Knight game will become Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, and will see a price increase to $24.99. Treasure Trove will include all the campaigns and updates. The original campaign will be given the new subtitle Shovel of Hope. If you only want to purchase some of the extra campaigns you can get them separately for $9.99 each.

Note that if you already own Shovel Knight, your game will update to become Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove for free (and thus keep acquiring all additional content). If you don’t own Shovel Knight, it’s a good idea to purchase it now before the price increases.

Also coming in April is a new body swap feature that lets you switch the bodies of any of the knight characters (like if you wanted to play a male Shield Knight). Local co-op multiplayer will also arrive as a free update to Shovel Knight’s campaign.

There’s more content coming to Shovel Knight later this year. A third DLC campaign based on King Knight is due out in 2017. A four-player battle mode is also on the horizon.

Shovel Knight is a retro-inspired 2D platformer that strongly evokes some of the best qualities of the 8-bit era. It was originally released in 2014, and is available on every current platform – including the upcoming Nintendo Switch.

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All the Nominees for the 2017 Independent Games Festival Awards

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The annual Independent Games Festival is a prestigious peer-reviewed award show for the gaming industry. Nominees for each category of indie games released in 2016 have been announced. Thirty different indie games have been selected, with many receiving nominations in multiple categories.

Virginia tops the list with four nominations, followed by Inside, Hyper Light Drifter, and Event [0] with three nominations each.

Seumas McNally Grand Prize

  • Inside
  • Stardew Valley
  • Quadrilateral Cowboy
  • Event[0]
  • Hyper Light Drifter
  • Overcooked

Nuovo Award

  • Islands: Non-Places
  • Close
  • Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor
  • Oiκοςpiel, Book I
  • Everything
  • Virginia
  • Mu Cartographer
  • Lieve Oma

Excellence in Visual Art

  • The Flame in the Flood
  • Inside
  • Virginia
  • Old Man’s Journey
  • Hyper Light Drifter
  • She Remembered Caterpillars

Excellence in Audio

  • The Flame in the Flood
  • GoNNER
  • Virginia
  • Hyper Light Drifter
  • Everything
  • Inside

Excellence in Design

  • Imbroglio
  • Ultimate Chicken Horse
  • Duskers
  • Overcooked
  • Event[0]
  • Quadrilateral Cowboy

Excellence in Narrative

  • Ladykiller in a Bind
  • 1979 Revolution: Black Friday
  • Virginia
  • Orwell
  • Event[0]
  • One Night Stand

Best Student Game

  • Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor
  • Lily, Colors of Santa Luz
  • Un Pas Fragile
  • FAR: Lone Sails
  • Frog Climbers
  • Bamboo Heart

The Independent Games Festival kicks off the annual Game Developer’s Conference, March 1-3, 2017. This year’s awards will be hosted by game designer Nina Freeman, whose game Cibele won the Nuovo Award last year.

Nominees for the IGF are reviewed by hundreds of judges and peers from the gaming industry who specialize in each category. The IGF also includes an Audience Award, where anyone can vote for their favorite title from the list of finalists above. Voting will begin later this month.

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No Man’s Sky Review

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In space, no one can hear you scream. In No Man’s Sky, they can’t hear you at all. They can only read the names of planets and species you’ve discovered. An infinite universe of randomly generated planets is an intriguing premise. But underlying the promise of exciting exploration is a dull grind for the same few resources within a shockingly limited universe. Read More