Developer 11 bit Studios announced a new project today called This War of Mine. It’s currently headed to PC and mobile devices somewhere this year.
In This War of Mine, the story will focus on the counter-side of war. Instead playing with soldiers, you’ll overlook people trying to survive amidst this hostile environment of active warfare. There’s a short teaser trailer to show you exactly how that duality will look like.
There will be two dynamics in the game. During daytime, you’ll need to hide from the sight of snipers, which gives you the time to craft, trade, strengthen your hideout and tend to the survivors. Nighttime will be used to go on scavenging runs, lifting whatever supplies and weaponry you can find.
This War of Mine is based on a real story. In the announcement, Michal Drozdowski of developer 11 bit Studios states:
While designing a new game, we came across an article that described how one man survived in a besieged city. We learned about his hardships and the horror of that experience. We decided to work around this idea and make something real, something that moves people and make them think for a second. It’s about time that games, just like any other art form, start talking about important things.
This theme sounds quite similar to the theme The Walking Dead applies to its zombie tropes to stand out amidst its leagues of peers. Just like those series, it would definitely feel a lot more evocative to get to relate with every day people as the horrors happen around them. It’s a lot easier to vicariously live through that group, than the empowered group of weapon-wielding maniacs.
Before This War of Mine, 11 bit Studios worked on the Anomaly tower defense series.