Journey and Monaco composer Austin Wintory also wrote the music for The Banner Saga, and it was "the most challenging score I've ever faced," he said in a Reddit AMA today.
"The differences from a game like Monaco or Journey are eeeenormous," said Wintory, explaining that "the gameplay mechanics [of The Banner Saga] are so wildly different from those other games."
Stoic's The Banner Saga is a role-playing game set among the Vikings, with class-based combat taking place in turn-based fashion from an isometric perspective on a grid. The Viking epic also contains travel and conversation sequences for its player-choice-driven story, and Wintory said determining the pacing of the music — "how to make the music interesting without feeling out of step with the game itself" — was his biggest challenge.
"Took over a year to feel like I was figuring it out," added Wintory, who was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2012 for his Journey score.
The Banner Saga will be released Jan. 14 on Mac and Windows PC.