What you need to know

  • Frostpunk is a strategy game about surviving in a frozen world.
  • The PC game is coming to consoles soon.
  • The digital version launches on Xbox One on October 11.
  • The physical version hits retailers roughly a week later.

Frostpunk is a city-building, survival, and strategy game. In a frozen world, people develop steam-powered machines to oppose the overwhelming cold. You, the city ruler, have to manage both the inhabitants and the infrastructure. Leaders face numerous challenges, frequently questioning morality and the basic foundation of what we consider to be a society.

In order to succeed, you have to focus on optimization and resource management, even if they clash with empathy and thoughtful decision-making. Luckily, there's also a fair bit of exploration because you have to venture outside the city walls to find resources and other items.

Recently, developer 11 bit studios announced that Frostpunk was coming to consoles. Today, we even received a release date. Frostpunk: Console Edition will be available from October 11 digitally on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 for $30. The physical console version from Merge Games will debut on October 18 in Europe and October 22 in the United States for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 priced at $35. The team said that great efforts are being taken to redesign the game and adjust mechanics to support a controller. The studio admitted that it still has some work to do, but is close to creating an intuitive interface allowing gameplay to feel natural.

In our review, we said, "Mechanically, Frostpunk is excellent, although one minor issue present with the game is that it can be hard to distinguish the different types of buildings at a glance because of their similar aesthetics... Despite the gameplay-slowing visual similarities between structures, Frostpunk overall is a wonderfully emotional and engaging city-builder strategy game that will challenge you with tough tasks and even tougher choices."

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