Frostpunk is a survival game that has tense decision-making and an oppressive tone, similar to the creators’ previous game, This War of Mine. This time, however, these mechanics are applied to the city-building sim genre, where you build a society and attempt to keep your people alive through a harsh winter.
Frostpunk’s tough decisions bring about questions of morality. For example, would you let children work in the labor force if it increased your chances of survival? Will you treat the sick and wounded, despite having scarce resources? Would you allow robots to help ease the workload off of your human settlers, even if there’s a chance these mechanical helpers are unsafe?
Developer 11 Bit Studios released a developer diary recently detailing automatons, which are steampunk-like robots that can help your settlement survive in many ways. They can work consistently without needing rest, and make life easier for your people. However, your society might have varying reactions to them, and concern could grow over whether they’re safe to use or not. Watch the short video below to learn more.
Frostpunk has an interesting setup that could make for a captivating experience. I’m looking forward to when it releases for PC at the end of March.