This 14th Of November: This War Of Mine

By Ben Barrett on November 1st, 2014 at 8:00 am.

What a left turn This War of Mine is. 11 bit studios previously made the markedly un-serious Anomaly games, festivals of tactical explosions, air-strikes and all the other hoo-rah wargasms we’re generally exposed to. A sombre survival game exploring the vulnerability of civilians trapped in warzones wasn’t where I would have pegged them to go next.

These twists on the formula are where I’m finding my interest in survival games peaking. As Pip pointed out in her interview with senior writer Pawel Miechowski, it’s taking what zombies have long been a metaphor for and going literal. Now 11 bit have announced we’ll get to be war-torn on November 14th and thrown a trailer into the mix as well.

It’s not the first footage of the game, there having been a preview build swanning around on YouTube and Twitch for some time, but I’ll take any excuse to show off that art. 11 bit have nailed the look of urban warfare. It’s cold and depressing, everything pockmarked and damaged, unfit as a living space but forced into being one. Hopefully they manage to craft stories and systems worthy of it. They certainly seem to be treating the subject matter with the respect it demands.

You can grab it now through GamesRepublic or wait for it to pop up on Steam.

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  1. casualgamer says:

    I love everything about this game: both trailers, story lines, arts and the whole concept, charity organization they support. I’d say that everyone need to play this game.

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    cpt_freakout says:

    I hope this is as good as it looks and sounds. Will we have a release-date WIT? Pleeeaaasee? :D

  3. Haborym says:

    Survival game about civies trapped in warzones huh? That sounds cool.

  4. w0bbl3r says:

    I don’t supposed these are the same guys who made the brilliant deadlight?
    The animations when he climbs look the same, and the art style is very similar, and the rubble looks like it came right out of that game.

  5. AXAXAXAS MLO II: MLO HARDER says:

    Even the walking and idle animations are somber.

  6. KillahMate says:

    Excellent soundtrack choices, too. Much hope for this.

  7. Simplex says:

    “You can grab it now through GamesRepublic or wait for it to pop up on Steam.”

    Waiting “for it to pop up on Steam” is absolutely pointless, as buying on GR store gives you the following benefits:
    – you get both DRM-free version AND a Steam key
    – Developer earns more money (it’s their store, so not intermediaries to take their cut)
    – You can pay in $ even if you live in Europe – which you cannot do on Steam – so for EU buyers the game is cheaper than on steam assuming they will do our favourite 1$=1€ conversion.

    Therefore, if you plan to buy it, please do not wait for it to pop up on Steam.

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