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The Banner Saga video shows off Kickstarter rewards, animation recording, music, combat

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The developers of The Banner Saga at Stoic Games recently released a new behind-the-scenes video showing off the progress they've made in the past month.

Rewards for Kickstarter backers, such as beautiful hand-drawn lithographs, appear to be coming together in the group's shipping office. The video also includes some recordings of backers who traveled to Austin, Texas, and volunteered to serve as motion-capture actors for the game. In addition, there's footage from the game overlaid with the work-in-progress score by Austin Wintory, and a look at the now-finished combat system.

Stoic Games plans to release that combat system in November as a separate, free-to-play multiplayer experience called The Banner Saga: Factions. For now, the studio is gradually opening up a beta version of Factions to its Kickstarter backers. "We've seriously gone out of our way to make sure that the game doesn't feel like you have to grind or pay," said Stoic. However, the full single-player Banner Saga itself has been delayed to the first half of 2013, due to the expanded scope offered by the extra Kickstarter funding — over seven times Stoic's original $100,000 goal.

Check out the full video below, and then read up on The Banner Saga in our preview.

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