11 bit Studio’s game ‘This War of Mine”s “War Child Charity DLC” will give 100% of its proceeds to War Child, a charity that helps children around the world who are suffering from conflicts and wars.
According to their Steam page, the DLC itself will add street art pieces scattered across the game world that players can search for and collect. International artists were commissioned for these pieces, including M-City, Gabriel “Specter” Reese, SeaCreative, Emir Cerimovic, Fauxreel and Mateusz Waluś, and the “compositions represent reflections on the human condition and the state of humanity during a time of war.”
Unlike many video games about war, ‘This War of Mine’ is not told from the point of view of soldiers but from a group of civilians who are struggling to survive within a besieged city. During the day players must hide inside buildings to avoid snipers, and at night they must venture out to find food, medicine, and other supplies, which they can acquire by simple scavenging or by either bartering or stealing from other survivors. As This War of Mine’s description’s says, “The game provides an experience of war seen from an entirely new angle.”
‘This War of Mine’ was nominated for Best Narrative and the Innovation Award at the GDC Awards this year.
The game took inspiration from the Siege of Sarajevo which took place during the Bosnian War in 1992-96 or for a total of 1,425 days, considered to be the longest siege in the history modern warfare. It is then fitting that 11 bit Studios has decided to create a DLC that will help children out in the world who continue to suffer other continuing conflicts, suffering which might reflect some aspects of their game.
There are three different tiers that players can choose from when they buy the DLC, each priced at $0.99, $9.99, and $19.99. They all offer the same content, it just depends how much players are able to give to the cause.