A PlayStation blog post announced today that The Banner Saga is coming to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. That’s great news for those of us who hate playing with a mouse and keyboard.
The Banner Saga was released in 2014. It’s a turn-based story game set in a world of Norse myth. It has both roleplaying and strategy elements, and a gorgeous soundtrack by Austin Wintory.
Bringing it to consoles required retooling the interactions players have with the game. Having a satisfying user experience with a controller rather than a mouse was a priority.
The game’s art has always been part of its appeal. In the blog post Versus Evil community director Lance James writes, “Arnie Jorgensen was heavily inspired by the American master Eyvind Earle for the art in The Banner Saga, but a lesser known inspiration came from the children’s books by Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire, both Leif the Lucky and Book of Norse Myths.”
Versus Evil also confirmed in the comments that they have not abandoned the idea of bringing the game to PlayStation Vita, and that they’ll have more news on that front soon. We won’t be holding our breath, though.
The Banner Saga comes out for PS4 and Xbox One on January 12. Its sequel, The Banner Saga 2, will be released in 2016.