It’s a Christmas miracle: Sony rescues ‘Banner Saga’ for Vita from the dead

It’s a Christmas miracle: Sony rescues ‘Banner Saga’ for Vita from the dead

The Banner Saga may have never come to the PS Vita had it not been for Sony's intervention.

Sony has just delivered a holiday miracle for gaming fans.

Sony has rescued developer Stoic and is helping to bring “The Banner Sage” to the PlayStation Vita after the Stoic announcing it would postpone the game for Vita, according to an International Business Times report.

Fans of the game — a turn-based tactical role-playing game set in a Viking setting — have enjoyed playing it since early 2014 on Windows, OS X, Android, and other platforms, but financial problems at Stoic had caused fans to fear that it would never come to the Vita.

Gio Corsi, who is the head of third-party production and development relations at Stoic, released the good news over Twitter: the PlayStation team would be helping get the strategy game onto the Vita platform, and it would be ready in 2016.

It’s pretty unusual for a major company like Sony to step in and help a small developer of an indie game, as critically acclaimed as it is. Why Sony chose to do so is a mystery — after all, Sony has been moving away from working on Vita games in the future, leaving most of the work to third-party developers and focusing on other parts of the business. Vita seemed as if it was on the back burner, according to the report.

The Stoic development team is fairly small and had struggled to keep up with all the various platforms, meaning that Vita would have been left out in the cold had Sony not stepped in.

There is no official release date for The Banner Saga on the Vita. You can play it on consoles like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on Jan. 12, and it can be played right now on PCs.

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