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Frostpunk

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Action
Developer: 11 bit studios
Release Date: April 24, 2018

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'Frostpunk' (ALL) Celebrates its First Birthday With 1.4 Million Copies Sold

by Rainier on April 24, 2019 @ 3:00 a.m. PDT

A steampunk-themed strategy game on a frozen world, Frostpunk asks what choices you would be willing to make and how far could you bend morality to stay alive.

Frostpunk is a city-survival game in which heat means life, and every decision comes with a cost. Living among the frozen remnants of Earth, it is up to you to shape society, establishing the laws and customs to ensure survival.

The premise begins by imagining what society is capable of when pushed to the limit. In a completely frozen world, people develop steam-powered technology to oppose the overwhelming cold. Society in its current form becomes ineffective and it has to change in order to survive. What does this change mean? What is culture when morality stands in the way of existence? In the end, survival may transform us completely. Whether that change makes us better or worse, stronger or weaker, or even more or less humane is debatable.

With the future of humankind in your hands, Frostpunk is both a challenge of tactical planning and a test of your own humanity.

11 bit studios have had an immensely successful run over the past few years and are proud to announce that Frostpunk has sold over 1.4 million copies on PC since its release exactly one year ago today, on April 24, 2018.

In celebration of this momentous anniversary, 11 bit wanted to share some of the numbers behind the in-game economy and show how the game is performing overall.

  • Development costs were recovered within 66 hours of Frostpunk going on sale
  • 43.8% of players finished the main campaign
  • 59% of players chose the path of Faith
  • 2.9% of players failed in Serenity mode (just like our producer, Marek)

You might think there’s more information to that last stat and there certainly is! Marek Ziemak — a producer at 11 bit studios responsible for Moonlighter, and more — always had a tough time building a stable economy and keeping his citizens satisfied in Frostpunk. Sadly, he couldn’t even find success in the game’s easiest version, Serenity Mode. The dev team found this amusing enough that they even created an achievement, lovingly titled “Hi Marek!”, with an icon picturing a mildly irritated Marek.

“Frostpunk is one of the most satisfying projects I have ever seen in creation, but I still find it challenging to play. It’s just like my job as a producer! Sometimes, when you lead and focus on creating something beautiful, the people under your charge might not always love every decision you have to make.”

Key Features:

  • MAINTAIN HOPE - Survival is about hope and the will to live. Your ability to spark and maintain these two in your citizens will be a determinant factor for success.
  • MAKE AND ENACT LAW - The only method of continued survival is to ensure survivors abide by the same rules and share similar beliefs. Establishing laws and customs will be a crucial factor shaping your society.
  • WEIGH YOUR CHOICES - Will you allow child-labour? How will you treat the sick and wounded? Choices in Frostpunk are never straightforward, and decisions come at a price.
  • EXPLORE - The world covers not only bits of the past but also the potential means to secure the future of your people.

Frostpunk is currently available as digital download through Steam, GOG.com, and Humble Store for $29.99 USD, and will be coming to PS4 and Xbox One later this summer.


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