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The Banner Saga now available on iOS

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AUSTIN, TX – October, 2 2014 – Stoic, an independent game development company and Versus Evil, an indie game publisher, today announced that the epic Viking RPG strategy game, The Banner Saga, is now available on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The Banner Saga takes advantage of touch control capabilities of mobile devices to build an unforgettable touch screen journey.

The game, which received rave reviews and launched to much critical acclaim on PC earlier this year, has received several awards and nominations, including winner of the 2014 Geekie Awards for Best Video Game, finalist for Excellence in Visual Arts and two honorable mentions for Excellence in Design and Excellence in Audio at the 2014 Independent Game Festival.

“Since our earliest prototype, we designed The Banner Saga from the ground up with tablet and mobile devices in mind,” said John Watson, Technical Director at Stoic. “With its epic storyline, touch screen turn based strategic combat and hand painted landscapes that harken back to the golden age of animation, we are excited to now bring The Banner Saga to a whole new community of players”.

The Banner Saga is a single player driven Viking saga, where a player’s choice in travel, conversation and combat determines the outcome of their own personal story as well as the survival of an entire civilization. The game also features stunning 2D animation and art, a unique tactical combat system and a cast of unforgettable characters, all of which drive this epic journey forward. Players will enjoy a beautiful and haunting original score by Grammy nominated, and two-time BAFTA winner, composer Austin Wintory conducting The Dallas Winds orchestra, as well as a powerhouse trio of acclaimed YouTube sensations: Peter Hollens, Malukah and Taylor Davis.

“We couldn’t be more excited about launching The Banner Saga on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch,” said Steve Escalante, General Manager of Versus Evil. “What the Stoic guys have done is taken this beautifully crafted PC game and tuned it for mobile so that tilting the device allows you to get the parallax effect, zoom in and out of travel sequences and even get up close to the action during battle. It’s the same game that everyone loves, but tweaked for a deep mobile experience”.

Localized in French, German, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish languages, The Banner Saga was one of the earlier funding successes on Kickstarter, which launched in partnership with independent games publisher Versus Evil in January of this year for PC and Mac to global critical acclaim.

To learn more about The Banner Saga visit: http://stoicstudio.com/

To learn more about Versus Evil visit: http://www.vsevil.net

The Banner Saga is priced $9.99, £6.99 and €8.99 on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch at www.AppStore.com.

About Stoic

http://www.stoicstudio.com

Stoic is an independent game developer based out of Austin, Texas, formed in early 2012 by three veteran game developers. Each is dedicated to making great games that are artful, independent and unique. The studio is comprised of Alex Thomas, Arnie Jorgensen, and John Watson – all industry vets who are now dedicated to continuing as independent game developers. The Banner Saga™ and The Banner Saga: Factions™ content is used by permission. © Stoic LLC. 2012-2013 All rights reserved.

About Versus Evil

Versus Evil is an independent video game publisher focused on working with talented independent game developers for all platforms. The company’s philosophy centers on building relationships by giving development teams the level of support they need so they can focus on making the games they want to make. For more information visit: http://vsevil.net/ © Versus Evil LLC. 2013-2014. All rights reserved.

The Banner Saga 50% off on Steam

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As part of the Steam Midweek Madness sale – you can now grab The Banner Saga for 50% off. Head to Steam to check it out.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/237990/

The Banner Saga is an epic role-playing game inspired by Viking legend. Hand-painted landscapes portray a world eerily suspended in perpetual twilight. Cities and towns begin to crumble into chaos. Heroes abandon their hearths and homes to traverse the snowy countryside, gaining allies along the way to help battle a strange, new threat.

Decisions have consequences; wise choices must be made when conversing with possible allies during intricately crafted dialogues. Turn-based strategy brings tactical challenge in hand-animated battle sequences. With visuals evocative of the golden age of animation, The Banner Saga brings skillfully crafted art, story and strategy to gamers waiting to re-experience classic adventures and tactics.

Wyrmbyte Combats “Pay to Win” Stigma With New Player-Friendly Business Model for MOBA Dragons & Titans

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Play for Free or Buy All Content for a Low, One-Time Price

Austin, TX — September 2014 — Indie developer Wyrmbyte today announced that it has changed the business model for its free-to-play MOBA, Dragons & Titans, by removing all microtransactions in the game, so that the game is truly skill-based and can not be confused as pay-to-win. This announcement comes hot on the heels of several huge game improvements that were implemented recently including a more user friendly control scheme, reduced match waiting times, improved maps, and tons of balance changes.

In an attempt to lure older players back and to get more new people playing and competing in the game, Wyrmbyte also launched a value pack of all current in-game content called the Titan Pass, the value of which is over $650 worth of goods (if purchased in the old microtransaction model) for just $19.99 . The Titan Pass, includes: 35+ tier 1 dragons, 35+ weapons, 18 different avatars, 57 skins, all four single-player story ‘Acts’ and more, as well as all the new content regularly scheduled for a full year. Additionally for 1 year, Titan Pass owners will earn four times the number of crystals (in-game currency) per match, which will allow them to upgrade their dragons and weapons at an increased pace. The Titan Pass will be available for sale from September 9th for $19.99/£14.99/€ 19.99 respectively and a newly released trailer summarizes all the content players will get: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sl4DpMWLL2E .

A free version of Dragons and Titans is still available where players can get access to dragons through a rotating selection of 1st tiers dragons and weapons. This version of the game also has no microtransactions, and progression relies on playing and earning in-game crystals which they can use towards getting higher tiered dragons and weapons – similar to Titan Pass owners. However, they will not have access to all the avatars, skins and the single player campaigns, Acts 2, 3, and 4, all of which is exclusive content for Titan Pass owners.

“The community has spoken, and we want to make our players happy. So we’ve dropped the microtransaction model completely to turn Dragons & Titans into a truly free-to-play game where in-game progression is based purely on skill and not on how much money people pay”, said Scott Brown, President of Wyrmbyte. “By making what may seem to be a drastic move, we are actually trying to battle the ‘pay to win’ stigma that pervades the free-to-play market right now and encourage more people to play in the game and compete with current gamers”.

As a thank you to existing players, the Wyrmbyte team will be rewarding those players who have spent over $20 in the game prior to this change with the Veterans Dragon Pack, a bundle of 10 Random Tier II Dragons (with a value of $150 in the old microtransaction model). Also anyone who has played regularly in the last few months will also be rewarded with an exclusive avatar (different avatars will be awarded for different play length) in recognition for their support.

Dragons and Titans is now available to download direct from digital distribution service Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/263500/

Versus Evil 2014 Gamescom Lineup

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Indie publisher, Versus Evil, is proud to announce their 2014 Gamescom lineup: Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma, Habitat: A Thousand Generations in Space, Kyn, Toren and The Banner Saga will all be featured and available to demo in the business hall at this years Gamescom expo in Cologne, Germany. Inside the Versus Evil booth (Hall 4.1 B-23), press visitors will see the latest games from a variety of international independent developers and will get a look at never seen before seen gameplay.

Afro Samurai 2 is in development at Redacted Studios for next gen consoles and PC. Press will get a first ever look at game code in a demo, presented in person by Lead Producer and Redacted President David Robinson, that showcases the new game engine, new special moves and trademark visceral combat. This upcoming third person action adventure includes an original storyline, new playable characters and improved special moves and combos, which firmly establishes the franchise as the undisputed leader in dynamic dismemberment.

Habitat: A Thousand Generations in Orbit is currently in Early Access and press will get exclusive first hands on experience to the first major update to the game; the new management system, a key game feature that will be pushed live to Early Access on August 18th. Habitat, a strategic space survival game, is a successfully funded Kickstarter project from indie developer 4gency. It is a real-time, physics-driven orbital strategy game where you build, fly, and fight with the unique space stations that you create out of space debris orbiting earth. For more information about Habitat visit: http://jointhe509th.com

Kyn, a Viking themed action role-playing game, featuring team based combat, exploration and deep crafting systems is set in an original and unique fantasy world where magic and the environment work hand in hand to overcome all obstacles. Press will be invited to play a first hands on demo of the game and also get the opportunity to interview the developers. Kyn is in development for PC, Mac and Linux by Tangrin, an independent video game studio based in the Netherlands. For more information about Kyn visit: http://www.kyngame.com

Lauded for it’s art style, Toren is a dark fantasy adventure game that brings poetry to life in an epic journey about growth, discovery and overcoming great hurdles. Press will be able to play a first hands on demo at the booth and will also be able to speak to Vitor Severo Leães, the lead producer. In the game, players will witness the birth and the growth of a lonely girl named Moonchild, guiding her on a dangerous journey of discovery and transformation as she unlocks the mysteries of the tower, known as Toren. For more information about Toren visit: http://toren-game.com/?lang=en

Finally The Banner Saga, developed by the award winning indie team Stoic, will be available on tablet for press to play. This critically acclaimed tactical RPG has taken the indie scene by storm and is now coming to tablet devices this September. Embark on an epic journey, where your strategic choices directly affect your personal story, as well as the outcome of conflicts encountered during your struggle for survival in this Viking inspired tale. For more information visit http://www.stoicstudio.com

“We are incredibly proud to help these indie studios bring their games to Gamescom,” said Steve Escalante, general manager of Versus Evil. “All the games in our diverse portfolio, developed by small and dedicated indie teams, are unique and innovative. Its pretty awesome to talk about a hack-n-slash action game, a survival space strategy game, a dark fantasy adventure game, an action role-playing game, and an epic viking saga… all in the same show. That’s fun, indie power.”

Versus Evil are currently scheduling appointments through Plan of Attack. To confirm an appointment time please contact Aidan Minter (aidan@planofattack.biz).

Versus Evil Booth Location: In the Business Area, hall 4.1 booth B023.

Announcing Toren

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Indie publisher Versus Evil today announced it’s partnership with Brazilian based indie developer Swordtales for the release of Toren on PC, Mac and PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system in early 2015. Toren is a dark fantasy adventure game that brings poetry to life in an epic journey about growth, discovery and overcoming great hurdles.

“We’re very excited to be teaming up with Versus Evil,” said Vitor Severo Leães, Swordtales Producer. “Toren is the biggest project of our lives and we have been independently developing it for three years. A big concern for us was finding a publishing partner for the game, one that understood how we operated and had the experience to help us launch the game successfully. We found the ideal partner in Versus Evil and are looking forward to working closely with them.”

“Toren is a great example of the type of game we look to partner with,” said Steve Escalante, general manager of Versus Evil. “It’s a unique, exciting, and beautiful game with a story that truly captivates the player. The Swordtales team has done a great job in developing this magical world and we’re thrilled to be partnering with them. We look forward to sharing more information in the months to come and to finally releasing Toren to gamers across the globe.”

Toren is an adventure game with beautiful graphics, innovative puzzles and immersive gameplay, which leads the player through an introspective and captivating journey to explore deep concepts and existential questions. In the game, players will witness the birth and the growth of a lonely girl named Moonchild, guiding her on a dangerous journey of discovery and transformation as she unlocks the mysteries of the tower, known as Toren.

As one of the hottest new indie development studios in Brazil the game has been recognized with several nominations and awards already including an Honorable Mention at the Independent Games Festival, a Finalist for Art Design in both InidePub and the Brasil Game Show awards and was the winner of the Best PC at the E-Games awards. The studio has also received recognition and the support from the Brazilian Ministry of Culture.

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Habitat coming to Sony PlayStation®4

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Versus Evil, in partnership with Seattle based indie developer 4gency, today announced that Habitat: A Thousand Generations in Orbit will be coming to PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system in 2015 in addition to PC, Mac, Linux and Xbox One. In Earth’s orbit, where crisis is guaranteed, Habitat is the only strategic space survival game that uses orbital debris to build the future homes of humanity and where hope for survival relies on the creativity and resourcefulness of the player. An Early Access build for PC, Mac and Linux is now available through Steam, Amazon, Humble Store, GameFly, Gamer’s Gate, GreenMan Gaming and Nuuvem priced at $14.99, £10.99 and €14.99.

“Since development began on Habitat, it has always been our wish to bring our space survival simulation to as many platforms as technologically possible”, said Charles Cox, founder of 4gency.“We are incredibly excited to announce that Habitat will be launching on PlayStation ®4 in 2015 and can’t wait to see how the creative PlayStation community reacts to Habitat’s gameplay mechanics.”

In Habitat gamers have to build and manage the future homes of humanity from orbital debris they find in space junkyards surrounding Earth’s orbit. Leading their team of engineers, they will have to build and fly space stations in a zero gravity setting, mastering physics driven flight simulation to explore space. In order to thrive and grow they have to manage their population and their population’s environment. In the event of a threat they will have to turn their space stations into deadly weapons using pieces of debris picked up such as rockets, lasers and particle accelerators to fight and ultimately survive against attacks from the enemy. This is a space survival game where crisis is guaranteed and the only chance for survival is to be creative and decisive in the face of disaster.

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Habitat Now Available via Steam Early Access

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Indie publisher Versus Evil, in partnership with Seattle based indie developer 4gency, today announced that Habitat: A Thousand Generations in Orbit is now available via Steam Early access. In Earth’s orbit, where crisis is guaranteed, Habitat is the only strategic space simulation game that uses orbital debris to build the future homes of humanity and where hope for survival relies on the creativity and resourcefulness of the player. Exploration, resource management and physics-based flight and combat come together for the ultimate space survival experience. Habitat: A Thousand Generations in Orbit’s Early Access build for PC, Mac and Linux is now available through Steam, Amazon, Humble Store, GameFly, Gamer’s Gate, GreenMan Gaming and Nuuvem priced at $14.99, £10.99 and €14.99. An additional value ‘buddy-code’ bundle, where gamers have the option of buying one code for themselves and one for their friend at a reduced rate, is also available for $19.99, £14.99 and €19.99.

“We are excited to announce that a very early build of Habitat is finally available for gamers to try out on Steam Early Access”, said Charles Cox, founder of 4gency. “Habitat is a truly one of a kind experience and we think that people will love playing in this early sandbox version we’ve built. Gamers will be able to put some of the game’s key gameplay mechanics to the test and we look forward to their feedback so we can shape the game into a fully featured space survival experience when it launches.”

In the early access build, gamers will be able to explore a procedurally-generated orbital playing field and manage their engineers to build, rearrange and repair livable habitats created from the space junk they raid from a dozen or so space junkyards. They will also be able to test out and master physics-driven flight simulation using rocket physics, boosters and steerable thrusters to get around as well as experiment with lasers, grappling hooks and particle accelerators to turn their creations into deadly kinetic orbital weapons. Finally, they’ll be able to practice destroying and salvaging enemy space stations, taking on defense turrets and nanomachine hunters in a bid to survive!

The Early Access version of Habitat is not feature complete and represents just a portion of what the final game will offer, both in terms of complete feature set and polish.

In Habitat: A Thousand Generations in Orbit players assume the role of ‘Commander’ and lead a team of engineers to gather a variety of debris found in a procedurally–generated orbital playing field with a dozen space junkyards to raid and create livable habitats that can support human life. Habitat’s sandbox environment provides a diverse and creative range of possibilities as players combine different elements of debris, explore space and mine the resources found there. A fully expandable tech tree can be researched to develop more elaborate space stations.

2 New Games and Other Big Updates

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We are proud to announce that we have added two new titles to our lineup: Kyn and a game based on the Afro Samurai animated series. We have also announced plans to launch Habitat on Steam’s Early Access program on July 8th and that The Banner Saga will be launching on mobile devices this summer. Finally, a vastly improved Dragons and Titans was also on display at their inaugural press event, showcasing the latest game updates, the newly released Act 4 story driven adventure mode, and the latest weapon and dragon releases.

The Afro Samurai sequel is in development at Redacted Studios for next gen consoles and PC. This upcoming third person action adventure includes an original storyline, new playable characters, and improved special moves and combos which firmly establishes the franchise as the undisputed leader in dynamic dismemberment.

Kyn, a witty Viking inspired role-playing, strategy game featuring team based combat, exploration, and deep crafting systems is set in an original and unique fantasy world where magic and the environment work hand in hand to overcome all obstacles. Kyn is in development for PC, Mac and Linux by Tangrin, an independent video game studio based in the Netherlands.

“Working with independent studios is truly rewarding and we couldn’t be happier to add Redacted Studios and Tangrin to a growing list of top indie studios,” said Steve Escalante, general manager of Versus Evil. “Afro Samurai and Kyn are two excellent and promising titles that we are privileged to be publishing. The talent present within these studios is simply amazing and we are really excited to work with them to bring these games to the market.”

More details about the Afro Samurai game will be released over the coming months. To learn more about Kyn please visit: http://www.kyngame.com

Versus Evil, in partnership with indie developer 4gency, also announced today that Habitat, will be coming to Steam’s early access program on July 8th, 2014. Gamers will be able to play a very early build of the game that will showcase just a small portion of the full feature set of this exciting new strategic space survival game. The early access build will be for PC, Mac and Linux.
Finally, Versus Evil and Stoic also officially announced that their critically acclaimed tactical RPG The Banner Saga will be coming to mobile platforms this summer. More details will be revealed soon.

To learn more about Habitat please visit: http://jointhe509th.com/

Habitat

Versus Evil Partners with 4gency

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Indie publisher Versus Evil today announced that it has teamed up with Seattle developer 4gency, to bring Habitat: A Thousand Generations in Orbit, to Xbox One, PC, Mac and Linux. In Earth’s orbit, where crisis is guaranteed, Habitat is the only strategic space simulation game that uses orbital debris to build the future homes of humanity and where hope for survival relies on the creativity and resourcefulness of the player. Exploration, resource management and physics-based flight and combat come together for the ultimate space survival experience.

“We first saw Habitat at GDC. Our team immediately loved the concept and how passionate 4gency is about their game. Once we played it we were hooked”, said Steve Escalante, General Manager of Versus Evil. “Habitat will offer gamers a unique space survival experience quite unlike anything else, and we are thrilled that 4gency wants to work with us”.

In Habitat players must assume the role of ‘Commander’ and lead a team of engineers to gather a variety of debris found in Earth’s orbit, turning it into habitable space stations that can support human life. As players combine different elements of debris, explore space and mine the resources found there, a fully expandable tech tree can be researched. However surviving in a zero gravity universe in the face of constant crisis also relies on the player’s ability to master physics-driven flight simulation as well as turning some of their creations into deadly kinetic orbital weapons that will be needed to take out the enemy when necessary.

“The team at Versus Evil is absolutely the right partner for us to launch this game with,” says 4gency founder Charles Cox. “They’re a small, nimble and dedicated team that understands our needs and we are really looking forward to getting the marketing and PR campaigns up and running with their help.”

On May 1st, 4gency successfully completed their Kickstarter campaign which will help the development team get the game to the next level, details of which we will be announced soon.

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