It's been three years since powerful civilian war survival game This War of Mine put Polish developer 11 bit Studios on the map. To celebrate, a new series of Stories downloadable content will be released, starting today and continuing in 2018.
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UPDATE 24TH AUGUST: 11 bit Studios has told me Dreamtime (and Project 8, a name seen in some places) is a working title for the company's next big thing. Former Witcher developer Artur Ganszyniec is leading a team making something "totally different" to games 11 bit has done before, senior marketing manager Karol Zajączkowski told me. But until Frostpunk is finished and released we won't hear anything more.
11 bit studios, creator of This War of Mine, has finally revealed what kind of game Frostpunk, it's next title, will be. Whereas in This War of Mine you controlled a shelter of four or five people, in Frostpunk you will govern the last city on Earth.
Lovely things can happen at Christmas. Which other time of year could result in a spontaneous truce between enemy soldiers on the frontline of a war?
What happens when you go up against Minecraft? What happens when you dare suggest gaming's golden child not belong in the classroom, then call it "a gimmick", then say "we need to drain the swamp of gimmicks"? It does not involve being sent nice flowers I'll tell you that.
As a thank you for your studio-changing support, 11 bit Studios has released a chunk of new content for This War of Mine. It comes as part of an Anniversary Edition retail release of the game but will be given as free DLC on PC. It will come to PS4 and Xbox One in the future but at the moment 11 bit Studios will say no more than that.
11 bit Studios, creator of This War of Mine, has finally unveiled the game it has been whispering about for a year: Frostpunk. This is the studio's big new game, its biggest ever - the 11 bit game I wrote about recently using its codename Industrial.
Still the details are thin but we know Frostpunk will be about humans surviving on a frozen world using steam-powered technology (AKA steampunk, hence Frostpunk). What lengths will they go to? What lengths will you go to? Sounds a bit like This War of Mine.
Frostpunk is based in strategy and management but uses empathy and decision making as the core mechanics rather than resource management and optimisation. It isn't clear how this works.
This War of Mine (the video game) is a game about living hand to mouth and making hard decisions. Even when it's going well, it manages to maintain this terrible, gnawing sense of anxiety; your survivors may want for nothing, but the next catastrophe is just around the corner. Each playthrough is a nerve-wracking mix of anxiety, sacrifice, luck and misery; one that makes you feel uneasy at the best of times and utterly wretched at the worst. It's poignant, yes, but it's not something I'd necessarily describe as a Nice Time.
Industrial, the codenamed next game from This War of Mine team 11 bit Studios, will be officially revealed around PAX Prime in early September, and released second quarter 2017.
"That's the moment when we're going to announce that, finally, after months of being silent we will be ready to tell you what the game's about," Karol Zajaczkowski, RR & marketing manager, told me at Polish conference Digital Dragons 2016.
We haven't heard much about 11 bit's new game since I talked with Zajaczkowski a year ago. Back then he suggested we would hear more in autumn 2015 but we obviously did not.
This War of Mine arrives on PS4 and Xbox One today, and includes new content called The Little Ones. This introduces children to the game, via various parent-and-child campaigns, and they bring with them a few new mechanics and give the game a sense of heart. That's what I wrote in my review.
Mod tools for This War of Mine arrive today with Update 2.0, 11 bit Studios has announced.
11 bit's civilian-based war sim This War of Mine is coming to PS4 and Xbox One on 29th January as This War of Mine: The Little Ones, publisher Deep Silver has announced.
This War of Mine - the game renowned for being the first to sensitively tell the story of conflict from the perspective of civilians involved - has launched for iPad and Android devices.
How do you follow This War of Mine? This is the game that told a story of war from a new perspective: a civilian's. Can you survive a conflict? "It sounds horrible. It is horrible. But it's brilliant," we declared in our Games of 2014 reflection piece.
Video games often aim to take you away from the real world, but sometimes developers include something that breaks the fantasy and reminds you that there is life outside the monitor. From the humorous to the incredibly touching, I take a look at a few examples of games that bring you back to reality.
Civilian war simulator This War of Mine's new 1.3 update is now available on Steam and it adds a slew of new content including scenario and characters editors, two new locations, and a couple more tunes on its soundtrack.
UPDATE 03/04/2015 12.38am: This War of Mine's War Child Charity DLC has positively affected the lives of 350 Syrian refugee children, developer 11 bit has announced.
The long-running Independent Games Festival Awards do a great job each year of picking out and celebrating indie games we've heard of and some we haven't - but will certainly look at now.
Video games are powerful things, capable of making us feel a whole range of emotions. Happy is one such emotion, as is all-consuming self-loathing. That's a good one too.
AbleGamers, a charitable organisation catering to gamers with disabilities, has awarded Bayonetta 2 its Accessible Mainstream Game of the Year.
Is it weird that my favourite game of the year is the one that made me feel like shit? It certainly feels weird, now that everything is upbeat and festive and goodwill to all men is swilling around the place. Back in the dark damp days of November, however, This War of Mine's chilly, scratchy jolt of wartime angst felt perfectly at home.
It took 11 Bit Studios' This War of Mine, described by Eurogamer's Martin Robinson as "The Sims by way of 90s Sarajevo", just two days of sales to cover the cost of development.
It hasn't been a good week.
Downstairs, Pavle lies crumpled on the concrete floor, doubled over in agony at a wound we don't have the bandages to dress, and crippled by a four day hunger that a single can of food could barely touch.
In the sitting room, sunk into a makeshift sofa touched by grey sunlight, Bruno darkly contemplates what it took to get that can, having last night broken into a house on the edges of this war-torn city and stolen all he could while its elderly inhabitants watched on, helpless, in horror.
I've been thinking a lot about guns for the past few weeks. More specifically, I've been thinking about bullets, and how many of them we spray into the digital ether at this time of year, when the big beefy action games turn up on schedule for the Christmas market.
Earlier today we took a look at This War of Mine, a realistic depiction of civilian life during wartime. Now this ambitious survival sim has a release date of 14th November.
It will be available on Steam for $20 (about £12.50) or you can pre-order it for 10 per cent off from Games Republic, which comes with a Steam key.
Developer 11 Bit Studios also revealed the first gameplay trailer for This War of Mine, in which we see survivors dealing with everyday hardships like finding food, medicine and avoiding detection from enemy soldiers and other desperate survivors.