Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Banner Saga

Let's start off today with an upcoming indie game that looks absolutely fantastic. It's called The Banner Saga, and the trailer features some of the most beautiful, "hand-drawn" animation I've ever seen in a game. Remarkably, it's entirely succeeds in evoking fond memories of old-school Disney animation classics.

Here's a description of the game taken from the website:
Short answer: role-playing meets turn-based strategy, wrapped into an adventure mini-series about vikings.

Travel through stunning landscapes straight out of an animated film as your party escapes what could be the end of everything. Battle painstakingly hand-animated foes in strategic, turn-based combat. Make decisions with real consequences in conversations with people you'll actually care about.

The Kickstarter page has an excellent interview with the four-man team, and the project is now funded at 140% of the originally requested total.

Listening to the interview and looking at brief bits of the game, it felt like I was watching a Disney animated feature (I think they mention the animation style in Snow White or Sleeping Beauty as something they wanted to evoke) mixed with gaming mechanics from both King's Bounty and King Of Dragon Pass.

How much win can one sentence contain?

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