The Banner Saga, a tactical combat game with a Viking twist, might be nearing its second birthday, but that hardly means the game has hit “classic” status just yet. Not only will a port of the game for the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One arrive two days before the two-year anniversary of the game’s launch on Windows, OS X, iOS, and Android, but new reports indicate that developer Stoic is also going to complete its port for the PlayStation Vita—with Sony’s help.
Yes, that very same PlayStation Vita that Sony, itself, has basically given up on—even going so far as to indicate that there will be no PlayStation Vita 2, as the market demand just isn’t there for the handheld device. So, it’s fair if you’re somewhat curious why Sony is so interested in fueling the development of an older port for its older handheld when the company isn’t interested in spending money on new, triple-A titles for the device.
That’s the situation with The Banner Saga, though, and the turnaround has been fairly quick. According to a message posted on Stoic’s forums earlier this month, the developer had all but given up on its PlayStation Vita port. The company it had hired to do all of the game’s console and handheld conversions had folded, leaving Stoic with one big bill and no ports to show for it. (The Banner Saga for the PlayStation Vita was supposed to be done in July of 2015.)
Stoic scrambled, found a new company (Versus Evil) to continue porting its game to the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita, and they started reworking on the development in August of this year.
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