11 bit studios' Frostpunk has been out for PCs since April of last year. Now, there's finally a release date for console players, who can begin building the last city on Earth as of October 11th.
Frostpunk is a city-building society sim, but don't let that lure you into nice and relaxing comparisons with Stardew Valley and the like. It's also a survival game, and the world of Frostpunk is cruel and bitterly cold, with every trace of humanity being slowly obliterated by an all-consuming winter. The last settlers and survivors head north to build New London, the last city on Earth. 11 bit studios didn't originally disclose too much about the wider game lore, stating in a reply to one of their videos that they preferred "not to spoil it". Two things which will be vitally important in Frostpunk are heat and hope. New London is built around a generator, with the city being powered by steam. The player must manage and regulate the heat to avoid any of their people freezing to death in the unendurable frozen climate. Hope is also going to be hard to handle. There looks to be a meter for both hope and discontent, and many of the decisions which the player makes will have opposing effects on each. Morality is a big part of the game, and Frostpunk will push players to see how much morality they're willing to sacrifice in order to ensure the survival of the city.
Strategy will therefore be another major part of the game, with players having to judge what consequences each choice will have, and how much it will impact on the people's hope. The main story campaign can apparently go different ways depending on playstyle. The player will also have full control over deciding the laws for their society. This is a post-apocalyptic world and it's almost as though the player is starting from scratch, being presented with choices which may not have been viable in a more civilised society.
Gameplay won't be limited to the city, either. Players can venture out into the frozen wastes in search of resources and information. A previous blizzard split up many of the settlers, and these expeditions could help to find them. The console edition of Frostpunk will come with all the free updates which had previously arrived for the PC version, including The Fall of Winterhome scenario. 11 bit studio also state that there are more content updates planned for Frostpunk. Overall, Frostpunk: Console Edition is definitely one to be excited — if slightly stressed — about.
What do you think? Will you be building the last city on Earth? Let us know in the comments!
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