11-bit Studios, creators of the excellent Anomaly series of “tower offense" games, have revealed their latest creation called This War of Mine. This is really unlike any other war game that I’ve ever seen, as the focus isn’t on partaking in the war as a soldier, but rather as a group of civilians trying to survive while a war rages on around them. It’s a powerful concept, and is accompanied by this similarly powerful teaser trailer.
As for the game itself, not a whole lot of details have been divulged, but here’s what 11-bit has said in their blog post announcing the game: “During the day snipers outside stop you from leaving your refuge, offering precious time to craft, trade, upgrade your shelter, feed and cure your survivors. At night you can scavenge nearby areas in search for food, medicines, weapons and other useful items." It also sounds like choice will play a big part in the game, as 11-bit states that in This War of Mine “you have to make life-and-death decisions based purely on your conscience. Try to protect everybody from your shelter or sacrifice some of them in order to prevail; there are no good or bad decisions during war. There’s only survival."
It sounds really incredible. Though no release date has been discussed yet, This War of Mine is slated to release sometime in 2014, and 11-bit will be talking more about the real life story that directly inspired them to make this particular game in the near future. Now, here’s the bad news: the target platform for This War of Mine is currently just PC, but as we’ve seen before there’s always a chance the game can come to mobile platforms sometime in the future. My fingers are crossed, and if there’s any word on a mobile release we’ll let you know. Update: Right after posting this, 11-bit confirmed in the comments below that a mobile version will eventually follow the PC release. Make sure you got this bad boy on your Watch List, people!