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.