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This War of Mine

The Unseen Side Of War

War games are a dime a dozen, but rarely do they look at or even acknowledge the presence of the innocent bystanders caught in the crossfire. Indie developer 11 bit studios is looking to do just that in their latest game, This War of Mine.

Rather than a military shooter, This War of Mine is a survival game in which players will control a group of civilians trapped in a besieged city and struggling to survive.  During the day snipers watch your every move, so players will use the safety of the indoors to craft and upgrade their shelter, as well as feed and care for wounded members of the group. Under the cover of darkness players can venture out into the war torn city to scavenge for supplies like food, medicine, and weapons. Players will also be tasked with making tough moral choices about whether to try and protect their whole group or sacrifice members for the good of the whole. 

This War of Mine was inspired by real-world events and delivers a message to its players. “This can happen in your city, in your country,” Michal Drozdowski, the game’s lead designer says in a press release. “While designing a new game, we came across an article that described how one man survived in a besieged city. We learned about his hardship and the horror of that experience. We decided to work around this idea and make something real, something that moves people and makes them think for a second. It’s about time that games, just like any other art form, start talking about important things.”

You can check out the teaser trailer for the game above. This War of Mine is being developed for PC and mobile devices and will be shown for the first time at the Game Developers Conference next week. The game currently does not have a release date.

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  • This game actually looks pretty damn awesome.
  • This makes it onto my radar of games to watch.

  • Definitely an interesting idea.
  • Love the concept, I hope it'll come together well and become a great game.

  • That was interesting. I'm going to keep an eye on this one.

  • I'm loving this concept...O_O

  • This seems to me one of the most relevant games I've ever seen. I can't wait to play it and ruminate upon its message.
  • This sounds pretty cool and the concept seems interesting. Looking forward to seeing/hearing more about this in the coming months.

  • Here's hoping it finds it's way onto consoles to spread the message. Sounds really interesting.
  • It's on my radar.

  • In case anyone is looking for it, this is the song in the trailer.
  • What a unique idea, love seeing something different. Looks cool, I'll be keeping an eye on it!

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    This game looks amazing. I really like the concept of it.

  • Powerful stuff here. I'll keep my eye on this one, especially if it comes to consoles. Quoth the fool: "Video games can never be art."
  • good concerpt...will be good coming for consols

  • This sort of reminds me of the stories that NBC keeps running about Syria. The forgotten children in that war-torn country has to be one of the most heartbreaking humanitarian crisis' of our generation. It makes me want to become a helicopter pilot for UNICEF.
  • Looks great. My only big question would be; "Mobile?" A game primarily based on conveying emotions/atmospheric tension seems to be more effective and immersive on a larger screen imo. The Walking Dead first season was great to play on the Vita, but it was more due to the touch controls being great. The game carried less impact on the handheld device for me.
  • What a phenomenal idea. Immediately made me think of the pianist

  • This is a very intriguing step away from the mainstream. I'm definitely going to keep an eye on this, and I hope they consider bringing it to consoles.

  • This game reminds me of six days in Fallujah in many ways. Lets hope this Dev team does not have to deal with the same amout of controversy as the six days team did.
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