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Game Reviews: This War of Mine

This War of Mine by 11-Bit Studios is currently in the works for PC, Mac, and Linux, and is aiming at a late 2014 release.

This War of Mine by 11-Bit Studios is currently in the works for PC, Mac, and Linux, and is aiming at a late 2014 release.

by Joseph Luster

11 Bit Studios—a game developer based in Warsaw, Poland—has a rather unique take on war in the works. The tagline says a mouthful: “In war, not everyone is a soldier.” That’s right, in This War of Mine players don’t step into the battle-worn shoes of soldiers or generals; they’re not sitting behind the controls of a tank and charging into battle. Rather, players take control of civilians, who, while not directly involved, are greatly affected as the war happens all around them.

This War of Mine is currently in the works for PC, Mac, and Linux, and is aiming at a late 2014 release. At the time of this writing, designer Pawel Miechowski hadn’t even shown the public what it looks like in action, but it sounds as difficult to play as it is to create. As civilians players can stand guard at home, craft items, and venture out at night at great risk to their lives. People can get sick and wounded so you’ll need to create alcohol or trade for it, and use it to dis- infect wounds. The setting echoes extended war-torn eras like the siege of Sarajevo, and if it all sounds frighteningly real, it’s because Miechowski and his team are talking to people, doing research, and pulling from real life experiences.

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This is a far cry from some of 11 Bit Studios’ previous work, like Anomaly Warzone Earth and Anomaly Korea. While This War of Mine seems like a pretty harrowing perspective to tackle, and Miechowski said he and his team have decided to exclude certain atrocities of war, it seems like something that could be worth experiencing for the ensuing discus- sion alone.

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