Free-to-play strategy RPG The Banner Saga: Factions is now available on Steam for PC and Mac. For those not keeping up with the Kickstarter-turned-actual-release-that-didn't-take-peoples'-money-and-run-away-to-Mexico title, Factions is a free multiplayer focused bite of what's to come from the commercially released singleplayer-focused title.
I checked out Factions last fall and came away with a positive impression. I'm looking forward to jumping into the game tonight, after missing the beta. Regardless of how it shapes up, I have to applaud developer Stoic for embracing such a progressive and fair approach to promoting its upcoming commercial release. Releasing a free multiplayer slice of their title is a great way to promote the game and win over fans.
"We've pretty much designed a game that you never need to pay a cent for, truly and honestly," creative director Alex Thomas wrote in an email. "We've probably screwed ourselves. In the meantime, work continues heavily on the single player campaign."
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