Banner Saga ($9.99) and Banner Saga 2 ($9.99) were two fantastic, if brutal, games that were very well-received despite, or maybe because, their brutality. You see, these two games had players making some of the hardest choices a gamer has ever had to make, and most who’ve played them talk about the impact those games made. As Andrew pointed out in his review of Banner Saga 2, the game’s immersive universe makes you feel bad in a good way. The developer Stoic has now officially launched the Kickstarter for Banner Saga 3, and the game is almost funded three days in, so we know we’ll be getting Banner Saga 3 on mobile at some point in the future. The Kickstarter page has started unveiling part of Banner Saga 3‘s lore and new enemies (?), so if you’ve finished the first two, you can go here and catch up.
I’m glad to see the developers return to Kickstarter because their decision to skip kickstarting the second one ended up costing them dearly both in terms of development money but also ultimately in sales. You see, as the developers found out after doing the second one without the community, kickstarters can often work as rallying cries for a game’s fanbase and a way for players to feel more involved. Banner Saga 3, then, returns to the series’ roots and already has the community by its side. The estimated PC delivery is in a year, so that probably gives you a year and a half to go play the first two in preparation for the series finale.