The Banner Saga is an independent story-driven, single-player tactical from Stoic Studio. The game's Viking inspired story centers around a brewing threat and a journey through cold, harsh terrain to seek others to join the fight back against the devastation that could occur. The game's art, backgrounds, characters, and animated sequences are mostly hand drawn, with the art style influenced by the Disney film Sleeping Beauty, and films by Don Bluth and Ralph Bakshi.
The turn-based tactical combat is reminiscent of classics like Final Fantasy Tactics, which is also known for its compelling story. The game's developers, all veterans of BioWare, wanted to emphasize a strong mature story with player choices that genuinely impact the outcome of the story. The Banner Saga was a significant Kickstarter success, reaching over $700,000 on a $100,000 goal.