Fans of the original Frostpunk game can rejoice as 11 Bit Studios unveils Frostpunk 2 will be released in the first half of 2024 for PC, with a Day One release on Game Pass. The city survival game, set in an alternative 19th-century timeline, takes place 30 years after an apocalyptic blizzard transforms Earth into a harsh, icy wasteland.
The gameplay trailer, recently released by 11 Bit Studios, provides a glimpse into the challenges players will face in managing the last city on Earth. Frostpunk 2 introduces a new deadly threat – human nature and its unquenchable thirst for power. As players navigate through the game, they must build a city to shelter the desperate survivors grappling with the aftermath of the never-ending arctic winter.
The sequel expands the gameplay experience with the ability to create entire districts with different purposes, such as industrial and scientific zones. Players must ensure that all components of the city function harmoniously, resembling the intricate workings of a giant, resource-hungry machine. The Council building becomes a pivotal structure where laws of the growing metropolis are forged, adding a political dimension to the city-building experience.
Frostpunk 2 will not only grace PC screens but will also be available on Game Pass for PC at launch. Xbox Series X/S owners can anticipate the game’s arrival on Game Pass at a later date, offering an immersive city-survival experience on console. The release for PlayStation 5 is also on the horizon, although a specific date is yet to be announced.
The original Frostpunk garnered critical acclaim for its innovative approach to the city-building genre, earning commendable scores on Metacritic. Frostpunk 2, with its promise of a more expansive and challenging gameplay experience, aims to captivate both existing fans and newcomers alike.
As part of the excitement surrounding the sequel, 11 Bit Studios has confirmed Frostpunk 2 as a Day One release for Microsoft’s PC Game Pass. Players can also expect to find the game on Steam, GoG.com, and the Epic Games Store, expanding the avenues through which they can embark on this frosty, post-apocalyptic journey.
The anticipation for Frostpunk 2 is heightened by the additional features promised by 11 Bit Studios, such as navigating between different factions, managing ambitious ideologies, and researching technologies that will shape the destiny of the city. With a sincere nod to the success of the original Frostpunk, the sequel is poised to deliver a gripping and immersive experience that explores the depths of human survival against nature’s harshest elements.