Banner Saga 2's combat and Survival Mode

After nearly two months of development the Survival Mode Update has arrived for The Banner Saga 2. Best of all, its completely free! Well, as long as you own the game anyway...

In Survival Mode you will need to assemble your combat team from a wide range of existing Banner Saga characters, and then pit them against 40 waves of various nasties. Most interestingly, there is perma-death in battle, so if one of your heroes dies, that's it, there's no coming back for them.

If the unthinkable happens and you do end up losing your favorite characters, worry not, as each victory will grant you 'Renown' which can be used to unlock more Heroes in order to keep the war machine running. Don't consider this as an excuse to let all of your heroes die, however, as Renown can also be used to purchase items with which you can continuously improve your combat team, and as such ensure that the longest lasting characters are the strongest ones.

All three standard difficulty levels are included in the Survival Mode as well, so no matter what kind of a challenge you're looking for, you'll be able to get it. Naturally, there are also leaderboards to compete on, so if you wish to prove your supremacy over all other players, you now have the chance to do just that.

As a final note, here's the short message John Watson, the Technical Director at Stoic, sent out with the announcement:

"Survival Mode is something we’ve been working on behind the scenes for a while now. This is an entirely new experience within Banner Saga 2. Our goal was to create a fun, tactical game mode where fans can play from a different perspective which focuses on strategy and the hard cost of death in combat. We modified how the combat worked from the core game based on feedback from our community and put it through a closed beta to make sure that it was fun.  

Thanks again to our dedicated fans for their continued support.”

Banner Saga 2's Survival Mode update brought in the ability to chose your combat team