We had a nice tease a few weeks back from Funcom that they were working on something new and now it looks like the cat is out of the bag as Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden has been announced and coming to the PS4, Xbox One, and PC sometime in 2018. At least it is safe to assume that this was what they were teasing even if they are not directly developing it like other titles in their wheelhouse. That part is being done by The Bearded Ladies, a team that consists of some pretty talented people from many of our favorite past titles like HITMAN and PAYDAY. They will be putting their talents to work for Mutant Year Zero: Road To Eden and it looks like they have already done some amazing things.
While the announcement of Mutant Year Zero: Road To Eden did not come along with some gameplay to look at, all we have is a cinematic trailer, there is a nice description of what we can expect. As it looks, the game is heavily inspired by XCOM and will have many of the tactical elements that made that title so popular including the turn-based stuff. There will also be some stealth options to have in the game that can let you get a better set up before attacking whatever it is we are going to attack with our weird group of three. Each will have their own "specialty" that can be mutated in the game to help improve and make your side of things a bit easier in the game. Just as we should have assumed.
In terms of the setting for Mutant Year Zero: Road To Eden, it is set in a post-human Earth setting where something went insanely wrong. Nothing has been directly stated, but it does sound like it could be any number of the world-ending events that we all are afraid of from the heavy Sci-Fi side to the real-world ideas we have now. Either way, the world we know is gone and we are here with these three mutants to explore and survive the new ruins and rumble of the world. Those three being a Dux (a 4-foot tall talking duck), Bormin (a boar with serious anger issues), and Selma (who looks like a human but I am sure there is something more we do not know as of yet). Sounds and looks like a pretty unlikely group, but it is what we have.
Mutant Year Zero: Road To Eden — Cinematic Reveal
Mutant Year Zero: Road To Eden is a tactical adventure game combining the turn-based combat of XCOM with story, exploration, stealth, and strategy. Take control of a team of Mutants navigating a post-human Earth. Created by a team including former HITMAN leads and the designer of PAYDAY.
What are your thoughts on Mutant Year Zero: Road To Eden based on what we know for now? Do you think it will be the next XCOM-ish title out there or is that just a "buzz game word" to entice us in when it could be drastically different? Will these be the only characters we get to control at the end of the day or will there be any more as we learn a bit more? Let us have all of those thoughts and feelings down in the comments and then discuss. There, of course, will be more on Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden in the coming weeks and we will have it all here for you. Just stick close to the site so you can see and experience all we can find.