11 Bit Studios, creators of the unrelentingly harrowing war game This War of Mine, have announced their next project, Frostpunk.
Set in a world totally covered in ice and snow, steam-powered technologies are used to keep humanity going. In a more typical developer’s hands, a snowy, steampunk world could provide a backdrop for a fun sci-fi adventure, but 11 Bit Studios aren’t planning on doing things the typical way. The game’s website gives little information other than the following description:
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? Think about how survival may, in the end, leave us different beings. Whether worse, better, stronger, weaker or, last but not least, more or less humane – that is debatable.
Besides the fact that it’ll force us to question society, morality and our very humanity, we don’t know much else about the game. Based on its lofty description and its trailer, it seems to be following in the footsteps of This War of Mine.
The trailer ends with “To be continued … ” so maybe this is only a sneak peak at a longer trailer 11 Bit Studios is waiting to drop. The website promises more info to come soon and Frostpunk is planned for a 2017 release. Watch the trailer below.