Developer 11 Bit Studios has announced that This War of Mine has sold over 4.5 million copies, raising over $500,000 for the charity War Child in the process.
Announcing the milestone on its Twitter feed, 11 Bit Studios said: “#ThisWarofMine breaks the barrier of 4.5 million units sold! Starting with a single unit sold on Christmas Island, the game’s #community is widely global with players from coast to coast on every continent!”
This War of Mine was originally released in November 2014, but a clever programme of DLC and spin-offs like This War of Mine: The Little Ones have seen it continuing to grab the public imagination. A large part of its enduring appeal must be attributed to its innovative approach: This War of Mine is a strategy/survival game that concentrates on the way war affects civilians, rather than taking a conventional shooter approach.
In keeping with This War of Mine’s thoughtful approach to its subject manner, 11 Bit Studios has consistently used it as a means of supporting War Child, creating a DLC pack specifically to support the charity in 2015, which can still be purchased.
War Child has strong links with games developers and publishers: its Armistice initiative, which coincided with last year’s centenary of World War I’s Armistice Day, raised £250,000, as we reported. To contribute directly to War Child, whose specific focus is on children affected by war around the world, head to its website.