In the game, each survivor has a specific skill set that they bring to the table, and must work together to keep each other alive. As survivors become hungry or fall ill, it's up to the remaining group to keep them in the best shape possible. Says Miechowski, it wasn't just survivor stories which spurred on This War of Mine -- the release of Lucas Pope's Papers, Please also had a great effect on the 11 Bit Studios team. "It had simple graphics, but very important topics, especially for people from Western countries who can learn what it's like for people getting into poorer countries," he notes. "That game was amazing." Seeing a game tackle such topics showed 11 Bit that This War of Mine could easily be a reality. "This is why I talked about breaking the schemes," he adds. "First we broke the scheme with the trailer -- you see this Call of Duty, yet-another-FPS-style, and then bang, it's not another FPS -- it's the other side." "Then in the game we are breaking the schemes on another level - we're giving you the tools to decide for yourself what's right and wrong. This is the way we are breaking these schemes. It's time games started doing this." Miechowski respects that players can opt for whatever experience they choose, and he's not looking to convince young Call of Duty players that war scenarios can't also be translated into entertainment. "But I will give the tools to experience the other side," he notes. "If they understand it or not, it's not up to me. I don't expect teenagers to change their minds, but if they do, that would be brilliant." "Wars will continue to happen, and we should be talking about these important things," the dev says. "People survived wars, and we're just trying to make it more or less similar to what we know about that. If it turns out people want to talk about the topic, we're doing a good job." This War of Mine is due for release on PC and mobile later in 2014.
"People survived wars, and we're just trying to make it more or less similar to what we know about that. If it turns out people want to talk about the topic, we're doing a good job."
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The inspirational stories behind This War of Mine
When the teaser trailer for This War of Mine stormed the internet, it aimed to show the other side of war in games. 11 Bit's Pawel Miechowski discusses his inspiration with Gamasutra.