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February 20th, 2013, 21:47
Starting this Monday The Banner Saga: Factions has gone live for backers and will be available for everybody starting next week Monday.
A time of reckoning is upon us. All of us at Stoic are proud to announce, after burning the midnight oil for many moons, that beta has ended for The Banner Saga: Factions and soft launch is today!
What does that mean? In industry terms, soft launch is a short period in which a game is finished and complete, but released to a limited public.
Also, it is a thank you to our generous and wonderful backers to get a head start on the release build of the game. Your progress is being saved this week and carries over for the official launch.

There are some special perks available this week only, and every backer has a special green jade stone shown on your combat emblem that is exclusive to backers and early access players that are yours forever.
From Feb 18th - Feb 24th Factions will be available exclusively to backers. The current characters, stats and rankings have been wiped for the last time and the game is essentially now LIVE, along with a fully functional tutorial. Later in the week we’ll be holding the first tournament exclusively for backers.
Factions will be released to the public on Feb 25th. If you’ve been waiting for beta to end before trying the game, this is your week.
With Factions’ launch, we’ve effectively worked out the thick and thin of combat and we’re soon on to travel and conversation outlined in the previous update, and thus, the single player campaign. Consider this the first major milestone on the road to success!
From all of us here at Stoic, Skal!
If you haven't been added to Factions yet but would like to get involved, you're always welcome. Please head to our forums and create an account using the same email address as your kickstarter account. That's all you need to do, and we'll send out keys and instructions on how to get the client on a regular basis (they won't arrive instantly!)
Crests will be uploaded in the single player game (we may add it in Factions earlier than that, but not immediately).
More information.
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February 20th, 2013, 21:47
A question because i haven't been following.
Is it still going to be episodic like they first stated or has the funding
changed that?
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February 21st, 2013, 20:19
Yes, as far as I know, it's still going to be three single player campaigns. The first one is slated for release sometime in summer. Factions, which will be released to the public on monday, is currently limited to online duelling but will at some point get a small single player campaign, which acts as prologue to the trilogy.

I have been playing the online beta for two months now and can highly recommend the game! Combat is extremely tactical and complex, every move can potentially decide the game. Theory crafting new teams and testing/tweaking them is a lot of fun. Just don't get discouraged if you join in now, it will probably take you a couple of games to get the hang of it, but once you do, it's very rewarding!
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