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When war is not a power fantasy

Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

This War of Mine is a game that tells the story of the civilian side of war. Developed by 11 bit, makers of the Anomaly series, it's a departure from the games the studio has made in the past. But by making a war game that is about fragility instead of about power, it is a departure for the entire genre of war games.

In April the team behind This War of Mine welcomed Polygon to see their work in progress. Now, for the first time, they are ready to show an early beta of the game. Griffin McElroy joins Charlie Hall for this overview, a synopsis of our first few hours with the game.

This War of Mine will be available later this year on PC, Mac, Linux and mobile devices.

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