When I first saw that teaser trailer for 11bit Studios’ This War of Mine, I wasn’t entirely sure what to make of it. Now that I’ve had a little hands-on time with the game (it was the PC version as the iOS build isn’t showable yet, but I’ve been told it’s pretty much 1-to-1) I have a much better idea of what to expect – and it wasn’t this.

I don’t mean that in a bad way, though. Far from it, in fact. From what I’ve seen and played, This War of Mine is a bit more like a micromanaging sim during the day – in which you’ll be issuing commands for searching for supplies and crafting items to the unfortunate souls forced to hole-up in a dilapidated building – and a kind of 2D stealth game at night – in which you’ll want to carefully sneak through (hopefully) abandoned buildings as your chosen survivor scavenges for supplies. It’s very, very bleak. It’s also very, very interesting. There’s no shortage of tough calls to make when it comes to divvying up supplies, especially once you start to gather more and more survivors.

This War Of Mine will be out later this year. No price has been announced yet, but it definitely has the look and feel of a premium release.

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