11 Bit Herald ‘The Fall’ of Humanity in Next Game Steampunk

Posted on 01 Sep 2016 by
L Coulsen

Whether you were a fan or not, it’s difficult to deny that 11 Bit showed themselves to be at the forefront of mature game world building with This War of Mine. So when the announcement of their next title came across my desk, you can bet your bottom dollar I stopped to take a look. And was certainly not disappointed, despite the above trailer telling us, well, absolutely nothing about the game. Though it does do a superb job of setting the tone.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Frostpunk.

Set in a post apocalyptic future that, for once, is not a desolate, desert world prowled by ravenous cannibals and 80s rock band rejects. Instead, we will find ourselves in a frozen wasteland, where running out of food is a secondary concern. The premise actually, in a way, reminds me of the film Snowpiercer which was written and directed by Korean filmwright Joon-ho Bong. Execpt, y’know, not on a train. Though it does take place in a world where steam has become the primary source of power, much like it was at the end of the 19th century.

Very, very little is currently known about the project beyond the tantalising tidbits in the press release below. But what we already have is more than enough to have me more than a tad excited. So keep your eyes open, because we will have more for you as soon as it becomes available.

Frostpunk is currently set to release, for PC, some time in 2017.

Official Press Release

The premise begins by imagining what society is capable of when pushed to the limit. In a completely frozen world, people develop steam-powered technology to oppose the overwhelming cold. Society in its current form becomes ineffective and it has to change in order to survive. What does this change mean? What is culture when morality stands in the way of existence? In the end, survival may transform us completely. Whether that change makes us better or worse, stronger or weaker, or even more or less humane is debatable.

Creative Director Michal Drozdowski: “This is a deeply serious game created for a mature gamer. Looking back at This War of Mine, we’re pushing boundaries even further, but we’re not pointing at reality in the same fashion. We’re putting human nature under a microscope to ask about what happens when people need to stay alive.”

Frostpunk, in development from the creators of This War of Mine – winner of the IGF 2015 Audience Award – is coming to PC in 2017. Follow at frostpunkgame.com, facebook.com/frostpunkgame and twitter.com/frostpunkgame
The story from the Frostpunk teaser trailer will be continued soon.

Comments (1)

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David Pink
Posted 14 Sep 2016, 17:07
Mega fan of of 11 Bit's 'This War of Mine' on Steam, heck I'm currently playing it on Android at the moment just for shits n' giggles. Great game, very promising developers, will most certaintly be watching this one very closely.