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This War of Mine trailer reveals November release for the stark survival game

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This War of Mine

This War of Mine (opens in new tab) is a grim game about a group of civilians trying to survive in a besieged, crumbling city during a war. It's obviously an interesting counterpoint to games where you play as a body-armoured, headshotting killing machine, instead putting you in charge of a vulnerable community suffering from the clashing politics of world leaders far above them. I'm interested to see how it plays, but until the game's release date of November 14th, devs 11 Bit studios have released a new trailer we can enjo...well, more grimly appreciate in the meantime.

You'll spend the daytime in This War of Mine hiding from the many snipers perched around the city, giving you a chance to craft, tend to your fellow survivors, and shore up your hideout's defences. Night's the only time at which you'll be able to explore your surrounding area in order to scavenge necessary supplies. It sounds a little like a (much more) serious version of State of Decay, minus (obviously) all the zombies.

This War of Mine was announced back in March (opens in new tab), but it's only recently that we've been shown any in-game footage. As you can see, it looks particularly lovely—well, as lovely as you can get for a game about the horrors of war.

Tom loves exploring in games, whether it’s going the wrong way in a platformer or burgling an apartment in Deus Ex. His favourite game worlds—Stalker, Dark Souls, Thief—have an atmosphere you could wallop with a blackjack. He enjoys horror, adventure, puzzle games and RPGs, and played the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VIII with a translated script he printed off from the internet. Tom has been writing about free games for PC Gamer since 2012. If he were packing for a desert island, he’d take his giant Columbo boxset and a laptop stuffed with PuzzleScript games.