You may remember our coverage of This War of Mine, a super bleak, war-time survival game from 11 bit studios, which was somewhat of an about face for the developer considering their previous best-known game has been the Anomaly series. We loved it despite how much of an emotional toll it takes to play it, and it appears 11 bit studio’s efforts have been paid back in kind after it has been reported This War of Mine managed to recuperate its development costs in just two days. And it’s not just monetary success that This War of Mine is enjoying as 11 bit senior writer, Pawel Miechowski elaborates:
“Of course we’re happy with commercial success, but most of all we are happy with great feedback from gamers and from reviewers.
“Games are all around us since decades so the creators and community perceive them as natural/popular form of storytelling. And so you could see it in Papers, Please or Gods Will Be Watching – these are games that tackle really well with serious topics through their fantastic gameplay. And we had the feeling we were making this experience in a right way.
“But that doesn’t mean we were sure This War of Mine would be commercially and critically acclaimed. Not at all. You never know how eventually a game will do when released. So now we’re very happy to see so many supportive words from the community, especially if you consider that This War of Mine is a serious experience.”
Well deserved, and we hope 11 bit studios continues along this path of tackling these serious issues in a relateable and engaging way.
This War of Mine is out now on PC, Mac and Linux.