Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden is a tactical adventure game based on the classic tabletop RPG called Mutant with elements of real-time strategy, stealth, and exploration combined to make a compelling and original new IP for gaming. Players take control of three mutants also known as Stalkers (Bormin, Dux, and Selma) who are on a mission to explore an area called The Zone for their leader the Elder who runs the Ark, which is where survivors live.
While a lot of the game takes place with free roam style exploration (which allows the player to investigate areas, search for loot / supplies and, scout potential battles) combat is done in RTS style. The combat has drawn many comparisons to the XCOM series of games but for me personally I also tend to think of games like Fallout Tactics and Wasteland 2 so if any of those have held any interest for you then Mutant Year Zero will likely be right up your alley.
I am looking forward to the release of this game as the graphics and character animations look really well done so far. The main characters appear to be very in-depth as far as abilities / skills are concerned, the battles aim to be challenging and the story is definitely shaping up to be something I want to explore. The developers obviously have a lot of love for this game and you can tell when you see some of the developer diary videos below detailing the gameplay style and what you can do in-game.
While story and exploration are definitely key elements, I think the main draw for Mutant Year Zero will be the combat and what the devs are trying to accomplish with it (destructive environments, the ability to split up your group before an ambush, the ability to adjust the skills / mutations of each member of the group before battles, etc). For example, how much planning and thinking you do for each battle will make a huge impact because, as with other games in the genre, RNG (Random Number Generation) can definitely make or break even the best laid plans. Always thinking ahead for more than one option will be crucial and definitely rewarding for players who enjoy coming up with good ideas on how to approach each situation.
Overall, if the final release manages to encompass the quality represented by what its developers have shown in their marketing then I believe that this game can hopefully be a good influence on the way tactical style games are created in the future, or at least present more options for doing so. Mutant Year Zero: Road To Eden releases next Tuesday, so be on the lookout for that! Until then, as always, keep it real and keep it gaming.
Platforms: PS4, Windows, Xbox One
Developer: The Bearded Ladies / Publisher: Funcom
Release Date: December 4, 2018