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This War of Mine: The Little Ones Coming to PS4 Next Year

Paweł Miechowski's Avatar Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 // Senior Writer, 11 bit studios

Hello, Pawel from 11 bit studios, here. I’m very proud to introduce to you our latest project, something we’ve been working on for the past year and tailoring to PS4. This is a very unusual project: a serious game made for a mature gamer; an experience that will tackle your emotions heavily. And now this very unusual project is unveiled. Ladies and Gentlemen, let me tell you about This War of Mine: The Little Ones, coming to PS4 on January 29th, 2016.

This War of Mine: The Little Ones explores the hardships of wartime survival as seen from an entirely new perspective: that of a child. Based on the award-winning This War of Mine, The Little Ones puts you in charge of a group of adults and children stuck in the middle of hell, trying to survive in a besieged city; struggling with lack of food, medicine and constant danger. The question is: how far will you go to make it through another day?

This experience focuses not only on the reality of enduring war, but also the fact that even in times of conflict, kids are still kids — they laugh, cry, play with toys and see the world differently. In addition to thinking about survival, you’ll have to bring back the kid in yourself to understand how to protect the little ones.

This sounds very serious, right? Because it is. Our goal as developers was to create a mature experience in which you’re seeing war through eyes of regular people — so not a military action, but a horrible challenge to overcome.

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As a group of civilians you’ll be facing extremely difficult choices that have to be made just to survive the war: what do you do when you have to sacrifice someone? What do you do when you’re starving but other survivors may have food? You’ll need to get it as well as medication, bandages, and the like. When you run out of necessities, you’ll need to send one man on a mission to scavenge for any supplies. But kids are not as tough as adults — and you will be the ones taking care of them.

During the night maybe you’ll find some parts that can be used to fix a toy, which children can then play with during the day — kids still need entertainment after all. But kids also need to talk to someone and feel safe, so don’t forget that as well. Kids create bonds with those who protect them and that’s also portrayed in the game.

Again, very serious, right? We’ve had this idea from the very beginning of the development of This War of Mine but we were worried that people may not have been ready for such a serious game. Perhaps even quite a shocking one. But the reception of the game was brilliant — we got tons of positive feedback and acknowledgement for showing war as it was. So the next big step was expanding it by bringing kids to This War of Mine. Now, you’ll be able to experience it on PS4.

The main philosophy behind this project is to portray emotions of people surviving a siege of a city. That also requires picturing emotions of kids — that means not only sadness, but laughter, excitement, and a bit of craziness despite the surroundings. Their active imaginations are also being portrayed, for example you’ll see children even drawing on the walls of the shelter. We feel that the spectrum of the emotions your civilians will make you experience has now broadened greatly.

And since we’re on PlayStation.Blog, there’s another piece of news we think you’ll be glad to hear: the PS4 edition of This War of Mine: The Little Ones will actually contain an exclusive extra shelter known as the Large Mansion.

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The daytime phase of the game takes place in your shelter and this is where you’ll be caring for survivors and making the tough decisions — so factors like how the building is shaped, how many floors it has, how well it’s fortified and prepared as a potential hideout all have a huge influence over the gameplay itself.

As a result, PS4 players are going to be getting a unique experience here with this new shelter being a part of the game (although you can of course still play in the original shelters, too). We’ve spent tons of time in building up this new shelter in the game, spent an enormous amount of time playtesting it, and we can’t wait for you guys to be able to check it out.

Ready for a serious game? I hope so, and if you have any questions, I’ll be ready to answer them in the comment section.

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+ SeanStrange on August 27th, 2015 at 9:08 am said:

Astounding game, loved it on PC. Super excited to see it’s coming to the Playstation 4! For sure double dipping on this.


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    + Ryan Avery on August 27th, 2015 at 9:17 am said:

    Thanks! Really hope you like all the additional content too!


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+ SaviorMachine on August 27th, 2015 at 9:12 am said:

Can’t wait to have my heart repeatedly broken. Fantastic, I’ve been watching this game for months, hoping it would come to PS4. Thanks, it’s as good as bought.


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+ whereymyconary on August 27th, 2015 at 9:12 am said:

Game sounds fascinating. I’ll have to check it out. Also saw that there’s a January release date in the trailer is that still true.


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    + Ryan Avery on August 27th, 2015 at 9:21 am said:

    January 29th worldwide!


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+ Tomoprime on August 27th, 2015 at 9:15 am said:

Nice CG. The game is 2D or QTE? Mobile?


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    + Ryan Avery on August 27th, 2015 at 9:30 am said:

    Definitely not QTE. It’s the same style gameplay as the original game with loads of added content.


     

    + Tomoprime on August 27th, 2015 at 11:24 am said:

    Excellent !


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+ opikal on August 27th, 2015 at 9:17 am said:

Glad to see this on PS4!


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+ gosox on August 27th, 2015 at 9:18 am said:

Will there be a demo?


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+ DigitalHitmann on August 27th, 2015 at 9:24 am said:

Loved this game in every way on Steam. Definitely getting it on iOS and PS4 to support a great indie dev.


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+ hdcase on August 27th, 2015 at 9:27 am said:

I’ve been hearing good things about This War of Mine for a long time now. I’m glad it’s coming to PS4!


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+ eggmiester28 on August 27th, 2015 at 9:29 am said:

This War of Mine was one of the best pc games to come out in a while. And i am glad to see this version will be the same dark,depressing game it is meant to be.


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    + Ryan Avery on August 27th, 2015 at 9:34 am said:

    Even more so. The added characters and content makes it even more emotional.


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+ supermoc10 on August 27th, 2015 at 9:35 am said:

I’ve known about this since the PC release and it’s not my kind of game. However, I came in here to commend you guys on the way you treated the subject matter and I have a ton of respect for your team. I hope you find success on console.


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    + Ryan Avery on August 27th, 2015 at 9:46 am said:

    Thanks for the support!


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+ rufusmarch23 on August 27th, 2015 at 9:39 am said:

I was really hoping This War of Mine would come to PS4! I saw the trailers on steam about six months ago and it looks amazing


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+ death_c on August 27th, 2015 at 9:48 am said:

hi, any chances we might see a port to ps4 of the original game?


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    + Ryan Avery on August 27th, 2015 at 9:51 am said:

    Hi Death_c.

    This is the original game just with a ton of added content.


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+ komentra on August 27th, 2015 at 9:56 am said:

Awesome. Loved TWOM on PC. I also think the game would be a perfect fit for Vita given how you play it. Just saying! :)

Day one purchase for me!


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+ tusunami on August 27th, 2015 at 10:51 am said:

This is the originality that I like to see in games & only the indies can truly deliver that experience.


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+ TheAntiFanboy on August 27th, 2015 at 10:52 am said:

Will children be able to leave the shelter?


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    + Ryan Avery on August 27th, 2015 at 12:20 pm said:

    Children cannot be sent out on missions like adults, instead their interactions and jobs center around the shelter.


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+ Thwip on August 27th, 2015 at 10:59 am said:

Sounds amazing; unlike others on here, I am unfamiliar with the game, can’t wait to try it.


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+ medenko1975 on August 27th, 2015 at 11:55 am said:

I bought already game at your GAMES REPUBLIC, will also for PS4 for sure.

Any idea what the price will be? DIGITAL ONLY?


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+ death_nation100 on August 27th, 2015 at 12:10 pm said:

If kids can’t die in this game I won’t be buying it . It’ll just be another typical game that exclude kids death. So I hope this game will have that. Remember guys IT JUST A GAME . Not one GTA title had a school that is a perfect example .


     

    + gabieve on September 1st, 2015 at 2:04 am said:

    Why would that even matter? genuine question. I can’t possibly see how that would improve your game experience.


     

    + AndrewDARoberts on September 10th, 2015 at 11:11 am said:

    I kinda understanding where you’re coming from.
    Just read a few Youtube comments regarding Fallout out 4 and you’ll notice how AI humans can be dispensed without any sympathy. But,”Please don’t let the dog die!!! lol”, thumb’s it up all the way, but, let’s move on.

    Anyone who’s ever killed AI, killed AI. Let that sink in…


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+ brolol07 on August 27th, 2015 at 12:31 pm said:

Interesting idea! Thanks for bringing it to PS4!


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+ NMeck702 on August 27th, 2015 at 1:01 pm said:

Amazing game. One of the only games that can make me genuinely feel bad for decisions that I’ve made in game. Things get extremely dark. Everyone should play this.


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+ Kid_Loser on August 27th, 2015 at 1:31 pm said:

This looks really great. I was interested in This War of Mine watching many play it, but this got thinking to try it for myself.


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+ GENETICIDE on August 27th, 2015 at 3:02 pm said:

Trailer was great despite the terrible offspring song. First I’m seeing of this game, will there be physical retail or should I just play on PC.


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+ febwtf on August 27th, 2015 at 3:31 pm said:

Is this game going to be on PC? I’m not touching PS4 with a ten foot pole, but the original was pretty good.


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+ etscott on August 27th, 2015 at 7:32 pm said:

This game sucked up a big chunk of my gaming time on pc. I couldn’t get away from it. I look forward to supporting it on ps4


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+ MjC_0504 on August 27th, 2015 at 10:01 pm said:

I’m a little confused… Is this the PC game, along with The Little Ones, or an entire new game?


     

    + Orpheus_Aeons on August 28th, 2015 at 6:57 pm said:

    The first one (Original + TLO DLC).


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+ Karpuson on August 28th, 2015 at 3:13 am said:

Awesome news!


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+ nov_17th on August 28th, 2015 at 9:59 am said:

As a big fan of story driven games where you have to make decisions that matter, I have been wanting to play this game. Thank you for making a unique game with an interesting subject matter.


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+ Orpheus_Aeons on August 28th, 2015 at 7:31 pm said:

Ok, I’m not trying to sound like a jerk or anything but I need to ask: Pawel, are you guys EVER going to develop ANYTHING OTHER than TWoM??

Don’t get me wrong: I LOVE YOUR WORK. I think you guys have HUGE potential to do a lot of AWESOME stuff. And TWoM was ONE OF THE BEST GAMES I’ve ever played (and I’ve played gazillions of games! =P). And I know the game has a lot of “personal meanings” for all of you.

But what you’re doing now is BS.

First…by aiming at the console world and not releasing TLO on PC you’re disrespecting all the people that actually gave 11 bit some fame. And that’s just wrong. Most of these console-only ignorants don’t know what a good game actually is. And remember War Child? None of these people actually gave anything for that. PC owners did. So shame on you. -_-


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+ Orpheus_Aeons on August 28th, 2015 at 7:37 pm said:

Second…although the game is new around these parts…it’s very old news in the PC front. That, and the fact that you’re not releasing TLO on PC makes me wonder: Does this mean that you guys are now console-only developers? =\

Because if the answer is “no”…then you SERIOUSLY need to consider developing SOMETHING ELSE. Please, don’t go the Treyarch route, doing the same game over and over and over again. Show the World that you’re NOT a “1-hit-only company”!

Last…if you don’t keep supporting the PC…I’m NOT going to keep supporting you. So I’m NOT buying the console versions…ever. Sorry. *sigh*

PS: Go back to PC. Consoles are NOT where you belong. SMH

PS 2: JK. Do whatever you want…but don’t forget PC gamers put you guys where you are now. ;)


     

    + gabieve on September 1st, 2015 at 2:07 am said:

    I`m surprised as a fan you’re not pleased more people will be able to try this game? I love Velocity 2X, and although it doesn’t benefit me, I’m glad it’s finally on Xbone and PC, because it deserves to be played.

    So… be happy for the devs that their game is getting a bigger audience?


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+ PapaxDSmurf on August 28th, 2015 at 10:32 pm said:

I’ve bought both in PC and in my Android, for sure will be getting this. :D


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+ Eirinn87 on August 29th, 2015 at 5:16 pm said:

Super hyped about this. I’ve heard a lot from a friend of mine about how amazing this game is, and to see it coming to PS4 so all of us console only ignorants ( ;) ) can enjoy it too is wonderful news! Especially loving the addition of kids. I’ll definitely pick this up and encourage all of my friends to do so too.

Again, thanks for bringing this experience to console as well.


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+ saab01 on August 31st, 2015 at 9:25 am said:

Interesting game will defiantly have to check it out more once it releases.


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+ gabieve on September 1st, 2015 at 2:08 am said:

Hmm.. how heartbroken will I be if I try this game out?


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