What happens when veterans of the mainstream gaming industry decide to break from the corporate machine? Awesomeness, that's what. At least, that appears to be the trend so far. Stoic is the latest in a long line of studios composed of ex-industry veterans. The Banner Saga is their debut production and so far, it's looking pretty darn fine.

The developers have promised that we will be able to 'travel landscapes straight out of an animated film' and that you will get to battle 'painstakingly hand-animated foes in strategic turn-based combat'. Outside of combat, it looks like you'll also be making 'decisions with real consequences in conversations with people you'll actually care about'. A free multiplayer standalone of the combat gameplay is scheduled for release in summer with the single-player campaign to follow shortly after.

Curiosity piqued? Check out the official website here.