In this war game you play as an innocent civilian

"Dark survival game" This War of Mine from 11 bit flips the war video game genre on its head; coming to PC and mobiles; check out a trailer now.

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A new war video game is turning the genre on its head, casting you not as a soldier in battle but rather as innocent bystanders who are left dealing with the reality of the turmoil surrounding them. From Polish developer 11 bit studios (the company that recently hired a pair of Witcher 3 designers), the game is called This War of Mine. Its tagline is "In war, not everyone is a soldier."

Described as a "dark survival game," This War of Mine has you controlling a group of civilians who are trying to stay alive in a city besieged by war.

"During the day snipers outside stop you from leaving your refuge, offering players time to craft, trade, upgrade their shelter, feed and cure their people. At night they must scavenge nearby areas in search for food, medicines, weapons, and other useful items."

This War of Mine was inspired by the real-life story of how one man survived in a city surrounded by war, lead designer Michal Drozdowski said in a statement.

"We learned about his hardships and the horror of that experience," he said. "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."

In This War of Mine, players will make "life-and-death" decisions based on what their conscience tells them. Some options including trying to protect the people in your shelter...or sacrificing some of them in order to survive. "There are no good or bad decisions during war. There's only survival," reads the game's description.

This War of Mine is coming to PC and mobile devices, and will make its worldwide debut at the Game Developers Conference next week in San Francisco. You can check out a trailer below and read more about it on the game's website.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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Discussion

97 comments
Algearond
Algearond

Interesting concept, need to see much more before it goes on my to buy list

paparolo
paparolo

An interesting idea, looking forward to this one.

isshiah
isshiah

A great idea. Having said that, I saw the trailer for another depressing polish game about war last week. A child and his mother killed by soldiers. Based on a true story.


I need to laugh at something soon or I'll never smile again.

Kaeban
Kaeban

Interesting. Finally something different regarding wars.

ekisom
ekisom

in war... everyone becomes a soldier or a casualty

blueboxdoctor
blueboxdoctor

If they get the level of tension right and make you care about the characters you're with then this can be pretty good, it can also end up really bad.  Hopefully it turns out to be good, the concept so far seems interesting.

hadlee73
hadlee73

That sounds really interesting. Its unfortunate that they are clearly going for a mobile-based money grab, which will no doubt hold back the PC version.

foxrock66
foxrock66

Finally. I've waited so long for something like this

hystavito
hystavito

Oh it's a survival game.  I commend them for wanting to tell a story from the perspective of civilians in war, but I fear the game might actually turn out to be a very poor representation of it.


It sounds like a craft/build/survival game, which makes me worry that it will be quite similar to others, making it actually quite unrealistic in terms of how civilians survive in real wars.  Statements like "upgrade your shelter" sound very game-y and not like a realistic representation.  Just the whole survival thing in general, for this to really give a glimpse of reality that element will have to be totally different from most survival games.


I was actually expecting it to be a story driven game, not a simulation at all.  Though I actually prefer survival/craft/build games over story driven, as I said earlier I feel this one might fail miserably on realism and perhaps even end up being insulting based on the subject matter.

qtmew
qtmew

Hmm... what? Mobile devices...? ;(. Does it really have to be on IOS/Android? Ports from there to PC are always weird and totally out of place. Meh... I was really interested..



Y u do dis?

bayernfan
bayernfan

This game could be something really new. Playing elite soldiers has little to do with creativity and human sense, rather with dexterity. That would be the challenge of this game, how to make the experience of surviving a creative rewarding and engrossing experience. 

Flamewolf75
Flamewolf75

I'll be watching this one closely. Sounds like something I've been looking for for a while.

grenadehh
grenadehh

It's a novel idea but eventually being forced not to attack things, as you so often are in some crappy games, gets old.

orktar_bunbun
orktar_bunbun

Not being able to fight in any game is more annoying than fun imo.

tonet666
tonet666

I'll wait for some gameplay footage to judge it properly if I like it or not.

Creed02
Creed02

sounds different & interesting. i will have a shot to this one

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

Gathering by the trailer I sense the game's done in the style of 'The Walking Dead' games?? If so then this could be something very special... Keeping my eyes on this

MrMilkmann
MrMilkmann

Looks really interesting, honestly pretty excited about this.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Is that person to the right holding and crying over a dead loved one or choking him? That's certainly something new, can't recall many games where you can choke enemies.

Brakkyn
Brakkyn

Sounds interesting, but I don't want my games to become TOO serious.

hXcShock
hXcShock

I 100% disregard anything on mobile. I game as a luxury. Tiny screens, poor controls and shallow gameplay doesn't qualify as a game to me. Wish this trend would die so more funding would go towards proper games.

ziproy
ziproy

I was intrigued by this until I saw it was mostly coming to phones.....screw this

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

sounds a bit like outlast and amnesia but obviously not with monsters and so on and possibly won't be first person although I hope it is because that would make it more immersive and a more powerful game. a very interesting concept.

platinumking320
platinumking320

It looks like the price of attach smartphone game controllers are gonna have to come down, for more games like these,

or people are gonna hafta to start manufacturing more smartphone controllers.

Im seeing devs who yrs ago never considered mobile, pushing for mobile.

DigitalDame
DigitalDame moderator moderatorstaff

This sounds, intense. 

ngagehomey
ngagehomey

seems to me IMO like a deadlight style spec ops the line game with a message-in which case, I'm interested :)

shingui5
shingui5

'Mobile'

This idea sounds too good for that platform. 

Don't limit yourself. 

Bregzeinkul
Bregzeinkul

It would be great if this is a built in thing for CoD and Battlefield. You know, with dudebros shooting each other in the face and some of us civilians running around trying to dodge them bullets.

Sefrix
Sefrix moderator moderator

Sounds interesting, and then I read it's coming to mobile. This idea has a LOT of potential, but that last bit worries me :( 

delta5931
delta5931

@guardianofhonor  You're one of the guys that thinks America should be composed of burly white dudes!

You've obviously played 200 hours of Call of Duty Ghosts!

MonocleOwl
MonocleOwl

@guardianofhonor  

Children can't fight. Someones disabled spouse/parent can't fight. The elderly can't fight. There also people who had enough of war. The demographic of "people who can fight" is getting slimmer, accelerated by the hundreds and thousands of people who are dying in the actual war.

Considering all this... To state what you did, in this day and age, makes me sick.

kevicus12
kevicus12

@daviz88  Good point, we've no idea what kind of game it'll be.


Although, it's going to be FPS, you just know it.


EDIT: Actually, I retract that. I've idea what it'll be. I'm now thinking 3rd person.

LoganDaDestroya
LoganDaDestroya

@Brakkyn I welcome it myself, great to have variety. I'm interested in how its going to portray the factions at war especially, since I too often see people doing that as black and white.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Brakkyn I agree with that, too much of anything can really spoil the experience. It usually just turns into a parody of itself and you stop caring about the people in the story.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@hXcShock But it's also on PC, the one true gaming platform. All hail PC gaming and [insert master race propaganda].

bayernfan
bayernfan

@Sefrix Wait for the game. If the premise is translated into the gamplay, it won't matter if it is on mobile or PC.

11bitstudios
11bitstudios

@Sefrix Our priority is PC platform absolutely. Later, on mobiles, you can expect fully-fledged serious experience. We'll deliver that, I'm sure.

guardianofhonor
guardianofhonor

@Microsteve

Its simple logic, if the only way for a group to survive is to fight than why would you waste needed resources on those who cant fight?  I suggest you go read some history books on sieges, then maybe you would know that Im talking about.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@11bitstudios @SefrixWow, the developers are gracing our humble internet gaming site commenting abode. Cool.

It's funny how everyone says "sounds great, but then I saw it's coming for mobile" as if they didn't read the part where it says that it's coming for pc AND mobile (see how I wrote "and" with capital letters so no one would miss it?).

Of course, with any multiplatform game there is always the fear that the pc will get the short end of the stick, but let's not judge them until the game is here.