This War of Mine developers 11 Bit Studios are returning with another grim survival scenario to ponder how much we're willing to give up our humanity etc. This War of Mine's modern-day-ish setting was inspired by the Siege of Sarajevo, with regular people trying to get by in a war-torn city, but 11 Bit are going a bit more unreal with their next. Today they announced Frostpunk [official site], set in a frozen world with steam-powered technology. I'll tell you one thing about morality in this hard world: I'll devour the first nobber I see wearing a top hat with goggles.
11 Bit are a bit vague on quite what Frostpunk is. The closest I can get you to that is this here quote from the announcement:
"Although Frostpunk utilizes strategy & management elements, its core revolves around empathy & decision-making rather than optimization and resource management."
I see, I see! So maybe a bit like This War of Mine but cold? Do check out Wot Alec Thought of This War of Mine. And this... 'empathy' thing 11 Bit talk about? What's that? I think this quote is about how you feel when it gets nippy or something:
"What does this change mean? What is culture when morality stands in the way of existence? Think about how survival may, in the end, leave us different beings. Whether worse, better, stronger, weaker or, last but not least, more or less humane – that is debatable."
Frostpunk is due some time in 2017. Here's an unhappy little teaser trailer: