Stoic Games discuss issues experienced porting their RPG to consoles.
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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.
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