Funcom has begun to ruffle a few feathers with the first gameplay reveal of Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden, its upcoming tactical adventure game set in a post-apocalyptic world with anthropomorphic mutants. The footage itself is a massive 30-minute chunk of gameplay, showcasing how the exploration elements are fused with some light stealth and plenty of hardcore strategising.
It’s all very reminiscent of Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, comfortably one of the standout games of 2017 for me. The fusion of exploration-based gameplay and turn-based tactics helps both of these games stand out from the throngs of XCOM-alikes, and Mutant Year Zero has the benefit of a wholly unique atmosphere spawned from the 80’s pen and paper role-playing games.
Players assumed control of a band of haphazard heroes, including a crossbow-wielding duck call Dux, who has bill patched up with, you guessed it, ‘duck tape’, and Bormin an angry boar, among others. Together they’ll be waddling through a post-human Earth trying to eke out an existence. I'm also no expert on Biology, as my C at GCSE makes abundantly clear, but that right there in the footage looks like a human to me.
Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden is coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox in 2018.