This War of Mine Dev’s New Game, Frostpunk, Rethinks Survival and Society

This War of Mine developer 11 Bit Studios has announced their next title: Frostpunk.

While the game has elements of steampunk within it, the game’s creative director Michal Drozdowski describes it as “a deeply serious game created for a mature gamer.”

As per the game’s dire and frozen environment, Drozdowski says the team is “putting human nature under a microscope to ask about what happens when people need to stay alive.”

Set for a release sometime next year for PC, we don’t really know much else about Frostpunk, outside the above teaser trailer. Here’s a brief synopsis on what to expect, via 11 Bit Studios:

In a completely frozen world, people develop steam-powered technology to oppose the overwhelming cold. 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.

Brandon Orselli


Owner and Publisher at Niche Gamer and Nicchiban. Outlaw fighting for a better game industry. Pronouns: Patriarch, Guido, Olive.

  1. Mea K
    Mea K
    September 24, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    I’d say it certainly has a much more interesting premise than This War of Mine, though all of this “deeply serious” philosophical stuff could put it at risk of being too artsy for its own good.

  2. Bitterbear
    September 24, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    Let’s hope that when they say serious, it doesn’t mean the triple threat of pretentiousness: a) The planet’s ecosystem/environment is in disarray because Capitalism. b) Society is crumbling and the only way to survive is Socialism. And c)Lesbian themes designed by non-Asians.

  3. Neojames82
    September 24, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    I actually hear that This War of Mine isn’t that bad.

  4. EvaUnitO2
    September 24, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    I love how your social commentary is masked as the derision of social commentary.

  5. Fear Me I Am Free
    Fear Me I Am Free
    September 24, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Oh it was a fantastic game. It’s artsy, but artsy done right.

  6. Maelstrom
    September 25, 2016 at 1:01 am

    We know nothing.
    I have no interest in a game by a dev doing something that initially looks completely alien from their first game, not to mention it was a game I didn’t have a lot of interest in.
    That said, when more is revealed, I might look forward to it ,but until then, ,m hem.

    Also, disques is lagging so much that i can nearly type a entire sentence before anything shows up on the comment thingy. DOes anyone know what’s up with that?

  7. Madbrainbox
    September 25, 2016 at 6:10 am

    They are a Polish dev so I don’t think there’s a risk of turning the way you described.