11 bit studios‘ Frostpunk is the first society survival game that gives players the freedom to build a society out of the ruins of an icy disaster.
It’s been such a long time since I met up with the 11 bit studios’ PR at Gamescom 2013 in the business area, but I’ve always had a soft spot for this company (as could be seen in the Humble Weekly Sale: 11 bit studios or Indie Royale Debut 11 Bundle articles). Of course since This War of Mine has been released, the indie studio has risen to even greater fame, and maybe the war-themed predecessor is a good starting point to explain what Frostpunk is all about.
Just like the war simulation, this is a simulation about society on the brink of extinction, only it’s the cold of a frozen world that surrounds the people one has to help. Thanks to steam-powered technology there’s a chance of survival, but it’s rather slim. It’s not only about resource management, but also how to manage people, as difficult decisions have to be made in order to keep people both alive and happy without ending up with a revolution and death. Developing technology is as important as taking care of a working routine, healthcare, food provision and other crucial aspects of everyday life. So this is a realistic portrayal of society that might not be so much sci-fi than one would think. With some amazing graphics, pretty good voice acting (even if it’s a bit too dramatic), the presentation also fits the overall moody atmosphere, so this should be on everyone’s wishlist who wants to experience something different than the standard building sims.
The game is out now on PC in both a digital as well as a really nice retail version, the latter of which including the hardcover art book „New London – The Art of Frostpunk”. It should also be noted that owners of This War of Mine will receive a 10% launch discount on Frostpunk that will last until May 1st.
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