Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden, a tactical turn-based strategy game, has been revealed and is being developed by former Hitman leads and Payday’s designer, Ulf Andersson.
The game, which is set to release on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, is being published by Norwegian company, Funcom, and developed by debut Swedish outfit Bearded Ladies.
Mutant Year Zero is based off the tabletop RPG series of the same name from the late ’80s, but will make its debut into the video game world in 2018.
Though it totes XCOM as a huge influence, Mutant Year Zero stays unique in more than a few ways. For starters, the game’s first cinematic trailer features an anthropomorphic duck and hog with a human who has some interesting morphing abilities.
Mutant Year Zero is also set in a post-apocalyptic world, but it is also decently far into the future, giving it more of a Fallout feel. While the gameplay is seemingly XCOM-like, the title includes a real-time stealth mechanic that adds a lot to a genre that could easily be worn thin.
RPG elements, exploration, and story will also be a focus for Bearded Ladies. This mixture of RPG, story, and turn-based combat is setting quite the epic scale, especially considering this project will be the developer’s breakou. However, the trailer, screenshots, a short gameplay clip, and the level of detail put into every description on the game’s website are promising.
More specific information on the ‘post-human Earth’ is scarce at the moment, but Funcom is promising extended gameplay footage at this month’s GDC, so expect to see more around then.