11 bit studios has announced that all the profits made from selling This War of Mine, from Feb 24th to 3rd of March, will be going to the Ukrainian Red Cross.
Given that Ukraine is being invaded by Russia, it’s no surprise that the Ukrainian Red Cross would be the recipients of 11 bit studios’ generosity. The company has also previously used This War of Mine to raise funds for other charities, such as War Child (a trio of organisations that supports children affected by war).
The connection between This War of Mine and these causes is that This War of Mine isn’t, despite the name, some FPS where you slaughter your way through hordes of enemy soldiers. Instead, it puts you in charge of a group of civilians who find themselves trapped in a war zone, to the point where stepping out to scrounge up something to eat is a life or death situation.
The odds in This War of Mine are weighted against you – more often than not your characters will starve, flee out of sheer desperation or end up getting shot by another equally desperate individual. And, as Russia continues to advance into the Ukraine, the situation’s looking ever more grim.
“We stand against the Russian invasion of Ukraine,” reads the company’s statement. “”.. let this message resonate with everything you know about this war and how war kills people, devastates their lives and home.”
— 11 bit studios (@11bitstudios) February 24, 2022
It’s not just sales of the full game that will raise money for the Ukrainian Red Cross, DLC sales count as well. On top of that, the game is currently on sale on Steam, a ridiculous £4.41 for the complete bundle. It’s also discounted on the PlayStation Store, down to £3.19.
So if you’ve not already played This War of Mine, now’s the time to dive in and do some good while doing so. This War of Mine is available on Android, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, iOS, macOS and PC (Windows and Linux)