Stoic Games discuss issues experienced porting their RPG to consoles.

UPDATE: A poll has been started via the official Twitter account for The Banner Saga, asking followers to answer whether they would buy The Banner Saga if it were to release on PS Vita. Show your support!

The Vita port of The Banner Saga, a viking themed RPG from a trio of indie game developers formerly of Bioware, has been put on indefinite hold. The news was revealed via developer Stoic Games official website, where Technical Developer John Watson published a forum post detailing the issues they had experienced in bringing their critically-acclaimed title to consoles.

In the post, Watson goes into detail regarding the initial company who were employed to port the game to PS4 and Xbox One. This company then employed further programmers to work on the PS Vita port and after a lot of personal turnover, this company folded in May 2015, with Stoic losing a lot on money to the progress.

Luckily they were able to find a new porting company, who picked up where the previous company had left off. Starting in August this year, the project was eventually finished in four months. Unfortunately it is bad news for Vita owners, with Watson going on to say:

“We have had to put the Playstation Vita port on the back burner. I have been excited about the Vita port since day one, and I would love to see the Banner Saga running on my own Vita. The realities, however, of a very small team and a limited budget, put an immutable check on the speed of our progress. Stoic is composed of only 4 full time internal team members, all of which are currently working 100% on Banner Saga 2. Our initial budget for porting to Vita has been burned by essentially having to pay twice for the console ports. Once we can recover the substantial costs of initial console porting, we can consider our strategy to move forward with Vita.”

The team are currently working on the sequel and have stated that now the initial port has been completed for consoles, the second game in the series will be able to make the jump much quicker. For now though it seems we will have to get our Viking battling gaming enjoyment from elsewhere.

Were you looking forward to The Banner Saga? Give us your thoughts in the comments below.

  • Buckybuckster

    And so continues the perils of Vita indie game development. Still have hope the game eventually makes it out for the system. Although asking for honesty from respondents to a interwebs poll does give me cause to snicker a wee bit.

  • Dr. Butt

    “Let’s announce a title, screw the pooch, and then ask to see if there is interest.” Not really any sympathy here. If you’re going to to say you’re going to do it, then DO IT. Enough of the excuses when it comes to developing for Vita.

    • If they dont have the money to pay someone for the port, what can they do?

      • Dr. Butt

        They had the money to port to iOS, Android, Amazon Fire, PS4, Xbone, all from the original PC version. If you have money to port to Amazon Fire then you have money to port to Vita.

  • scwiffy

    Gutted, was mega excited for this game. I don’t have twitter account so can’t vote.

    Goes to show the perils of game development.

    I’m still hopeful, I would definitely buy.

    Good news is that by the sounds of it we’ll have BS2 if worst comes to worst

  • radpilot

    Why not make it a kickstarter project?

    • Dr. Butt

      Because that’s how they were able to make the game in the first place………

  • gamezalv

    Of course it’s the vita version that is put on hold. Sad but I won’t be buying this game now. Before anyone labels me as being “entitled”, let me tell you the reason behind my decision. I was really excited for a game called galak z. It was supposed to come to vita as well but then it got cancelled. Since I really wanted to play it I ended up buying it for full price. Now I regret my purchase since I can’t seem to make the time for it. If galak z was on the vita then I’d have played it more since whenever I turn on my ps4 I end up playing something big like witcher 3, mgsV, disgaea 5, etc. Same will happen with this game so yeah, I’ll continue with the mobile version (I bought it for my tab but stopped playing it since they announced a vita version).

  • Yoyitsu

    This guys were answering questions about the Vita version in the last PS Blog article saying things like “I’ll get John Watson from Stoic to give more info about PS Vita (In detail) soon!”. It sucks that the news was that the game has basically been cancelled. I don’t have Twitter so I can’t vote. Even so I hope the game gets made, I won’t buy it unless it’s the Vita version.

  • scwiffy