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This War of Mine coming from Anomaly dev, focuses on civilians caught in war

by Andrew Yoon, shacknews.com, Mar 12, 2014 10:00AM PDT

11 bit studios, developer of the Anomaly series, has announced their next game: This War of Mine. The debut trailer may make it seem like any ol' war game, but there's a twist: it's all about civilians.

Instead of having players control an elite soldier, This War of Mine puts civilians in the crossfire. Described as a "dark survival game," players must stay alive in a besieged city. "During the day snipers outside stop you from leaving your refuge, offering players time to craft, trade, upgrade their shelter, feed and cure their people. At night they must scavenge nearby areas in search for food, medicines, weapons and other useful items," the announcement reads.

The game was inspired by real-life events. "This can happen in your city, in your country," lead designer Michal Drozdowski said. "While designing a new game, we came across an article that described how one man survived in a besieged city. We learned about his hardships and the horror of that experience. We decided to work around this idea and make something real, something that moves people and make them think for a second."

This War of Mine is being developed for PC and mobile devices and should be available later this year. It will be shown off next week at Game Developers Conference. Here's the debut trailer: