'Banner Saga 3' launch date revealed

An in-game scene from 'Banner Saga 3'. An in-game scene from 'Banner Saga 3'. STOIC

Fans of developer Stoic's Viking RPGThe Banner Saga video games will be pleased to learn that video game publisher Versus Evil is planning to release third and final chapter in the series, Banner Saga 3, on July 24.  The game is expected to release on PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.  Furthermore, a mobile version of the game is planned for launch in the latter-half of 2018.

Stoic also revealed plans for a pre-order bonus for those who buy the game early on PC.  The "Dredge Ally Pack", available only through pre-order via Steam or other digital PC retailers, will receive the Dredge Stoneguard character (a rank 10 hero called Kivi), the Tank combat abilty, Scuptor's Tools (a unique Dredge item), exclusive Dredge heraldry, the unique heroic title of “Shield Cleaver," and an exclusive Banner Saga 3 overture track by Grammy-nominated and two-time BAFTA winning composer Austin Wintory.

Banner Saga 3 represents the feeling of closure but also immense accomplishment to a trilogy that has been at the very fabric of our lives for many years.  We’re ever thankful to the fans and backers that have shared this epic journey with us and helped us deliver what we feel is a fitting end to our Viking adventure.” Said John Watson, Technical Director of Stoic.

There will be three digital versions of the game at launch. The Standard Edition of Banner Saga 3 on PC will cost $24.99, while the Deluxe Edition will be priced at $29.99 and will include the game’s official soundtrack composed by Austin Wintory in addition to a digital wallpaper, world map and the ‘Gold Wasp’ in-game title.

The Banner Saga 3 Legendary Edition is priced at $39.99 and includes everything that comes in the Deluxe Edition as well as the exclusive ‘Shadow Walker’ Heroic Title, the ‘Petrie Clan Ring’ exclusive legendary item and digital novel ‘Gift of Hadrborg’.

Furthermore, 505 Games will be publishing a physical retail package – The Banner Saga Trilogy: Bonus Edition - for both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 priced at $39.99.  The Bonus Edition will enable RPG fans to dive headlong into the entire Viking adventure and will include Banner Sagas 1, 2 and 3 plus a mini art book, poster, best of soundtrack and in-game digital item.  It will be available at major game retailers on July 24th in the US and July 27th in Europe. A digital PC Bonus Edition featuring all three games will also be available.

The Banner Saga 3 has not yet been rated by the ESRB.

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