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Banner Saga 2’s launch trailer prepares you for another sombre trek across the icy tundra

Banner Saga 2

It’s almost time for another long journey across the frozen wastes with your clansmen, so Stoic have released a new trailer to get you ready. I suggest you wrap up warm and stash something sharp nearby.

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Get ready for the choices you made in Banner Saga to bite you in the arse, as your terrible decisions will carry across to this strategy sequel when it launches on April 19.

“As the world continues to crumble around you, only one bastion of hope remains, but getting there will require strong leadership, hard sacrifices, influencing new heroes, and, as always, sound strategy in combat,” says the game’s blurb. Sounds just as cheery as the first, then. Maybe this trailer will cheer you up:

As you can see, Banner Saga 2 retains the first game’s hand-drawn, Disney-style art, which is wonderfully complimented by a rousing score from Grammy-nominated composer Austin Wintory.

It’s not all like the first game, though. Banner Saga 2 will introduce new characters and a new race, the Horseborn. It’ll also feature enhanced combat with dire consequences for loss, characters being gone forever once falling in battle, XCOM Ironman style.

It sounds brutal, but also brilliant, and I can’t wait to get most of my caravan killed once again.