This War of Mine is a grim exploration of the misery of modern conflict, but for developer 11 Bit Studios, the game has been a source of great cheer.
According to a report in Eurogamer, This War of Mine made its development budget back in just two days. The game, in which players try to survive a siege in a modern city, has been riding high on Steam's best-sellers list since it launched earlier this month.
"Of course we're happy with commercial success, but most of all we are happy with great feedback from gamers and from reviewers," said senior writer Pawel Miechowski. "You saw it in Papers, Please or Gods Will Be Watching. These are games that tackle serious topics really well, through their fantastic gameplay.
"We had the feeling we were making this experience in a right way. But that doesn't mean we were sure This War of Mine would be commercially and critically acclaimed. You never know how a game will do when released. So now we're very happy to see so many supportive words from the community, especially if you consider that This War of Mine is a serious experience."