Frostpunk is a recently announced game by This War of Mine developers 11 Bit Studios (you can check out our interview with Pawel Miechowski here). At this point you all know that I’m into the end of the world as a theme. I’ve even been re-reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy. I live in Downtown Los Angeles. Well Frostpunk seems to deliver the kind of hellscape that is (literally) the polar opposite of DTLA. Here it’s melt-your-face hot right now. In Frostpunk everyone seems pretty cold. Oh and they use steam technology. But hopefully not while wearing monocles and top hats. Apparently they have good reason to use steam, though: it counter-acts the terribly low temperatures.

The developers are intent on asking the big questions:

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.

If their previous game is any indicator, this 2017 PC release will be bleak, gritty, and altogether more intelligent than most games out there. They’ve also stated that Frost Punk will revolve mostly around “empathy and decision-making” instead of the more strategic resource management of This War of Mine. Exciting. Here is the trailer for your eyeballs:

And the game’s official website can be found here.