Stoic has come full circle, announcing a Kickstarter campaign for the conclusion to the Banner Saga trilogy. Appropriately enough it’s called The Banner Saga 3. Budgets have evidently increased from sequel to sequel however, with Stoic doubling their goal to $200,000, up from $100,000 for the original Banner Saga.
Naturally Stoic is probably trying to low-ball it here to ensure funding. The original game ended up blowing through its goal and racking up over $700,000. It also must have made Stoic a bob or two because The Banner Saga 2 was launched off its own back with no Kickstarter in sight. From the looks of things the sequel may not quite have paid off in the way Stoic had hoped so it’s back to square one for The Banner Saga 3.
“Now we're back, in a similar position as before, hoping you'll support Banner Saga 3 to make this game just as special" said Stoic. "We're still solidly indie, not accepting any investor funding so Kickstarter is still a great way to rally the community to show support for the game, while letting us call the shots on the games we make.”
The Banner Saga 3 will continue straight on from where The Banner Saga 2 left off. I’ll refrain from providing too many details for fear of spoilers if you haven’t played the original two, but suffice to say your choices from the previous games will carry across and have big ramifications.
Talking of the previous two games, Stoic is backing itself into a corner a little making a third game in a plot-heavy series. It’s relying on people buying it who’ve already completed the prior two games, which has got to be a tiny percentage of its potential market based on achievement stats. There's a bit of a workaround for this if you fancy backing the Kickstarter though. Fund The Banner Saga 3 at any level and, for $20 on top, you can also nab copies of The Banner Saga and The Banner Saga 2, which could prove helpful if you want to play catch-up.
All aboard for some more viking misery?