- Discover how armed conflicts develop This war of mine†
- Learn how 11-bit studios made civilian battle a best-selling game.
- Why This war of mine developers believe they have created more than a game.
The modern world is something that constantly shocks us. But it was impossible to imagine that years later, This war of mine wouldn’t just be a bestseller shaping 11-bit studios in many ways. But also that life will again painfully remind us of the relevance of the theme, and we learn again that we have made more than just a game.
The Balkan War was the first spark that gave rise to the idea of making such a game. But inspiration was also drawn from the Warsaw Uprising, the siege of Grozny and the Syrian civil war. All these conflicts had one thing in common: the tragedy of civilians trapped in hostilities-ravaged cities. When This war of mine was still under development, in March 2014 the war broke out in Donbas and the team felt even more responsible to get its message across and the importance of what we are trying to achieve. And now we are deeply shocked by the amount of aggression directed at Ukraine eight years later and the fact that humanity has to relive all this cruelty.
Hours after Russia invaded Ukraine when images of destroyed buildings appeared on the internet, people began writing: “This looks like… This war of mine† While you can be proud that your work has proved so accurate that it is associated with certain situations, it is also extremely bitter that This war of mine accuracy remains current. That’s why, as the developers behind a game with an anti-war message, we felt the urgency to take action and launched the Ukraine fundraiser on the same day.
Back in the day, when the idea behind the game started to take shape, we thought it could be something unique. A platform to convey a meaningful message. Without a certain subtlety in approach to the theme it would not be possible to portray it with respect and sensitivity. Civilians, trapped in a war-torn reality, dying of hunger and lack of medicine – this is not something you associate with ordinary entertainment that comes to mind when you think of games. This war of mine been a risk. But we didn’t back down. Not to downplay the topic, we decided that every part of the game should match its essence and message. From the gameplay mechanics through the script to the visuals. Everything should act as a cohesive whole that emphasizes the horrors of war.
if This war of mine is making the move to Xbox Series X|S, and thanks to 4K visuals, it’s never worked better than such an experience, so we can definitely say we succeeded. And being featured in Game Pass will help us spread our message even further. The risk paid off, and afterwards This war of mine, we told ourselves that we don’t just want to make games. We want to create games with thought-provoking themes that can be considered meaningful entertainment. And we still do.
This War of Mine: Final Cut
11 bit studios
The remastered Final Cut version for Xbox Series X|S is finally here! In This War Of Mine, you don’t play as an elite soldier, but as a group of civilians trying to survive in a besieged city; struggling with a lack of food, medicine and constant danger from snipers and enemy scavengers. During the day, you should focus on maintaining your hideout: crafting, trading and caring for your survivors. At night, take one of your citizens on a mission to search for items that will help you stay alive. Make life and death decisions based on your conscience. Try to protect everyone from your shelter or sacrifice some of them for longer term survival. During war there are no good or bad decisions; there is only survival. The sooner you realize that, the better. Main features of This War of Mine: Final Cut: – Inspired by real life events – Master your survivors and manage your shelter – Make weapons, alcohol, beds or stoves – anything that helps you survive – Make decisions – an often ruthless and emotionally difficult experience – Random world and characters every time you start a new game – Charcoal styled aesthetic to complement the game’s theme – All updates and free expansions added along the way to create the Final Cut