Mutant Year Zero: road to eden
Roleplaying at the end of the world
Going up against XCOM in the turn-based strategy space is never a wise tactical decision. Developer Firaxis Games has proven time and time again that it has a mastery over the space – precious few studios have even come close to touching it. And yet there’s something undeniably appealing about XCOM’S latest challenger, Mutant Year Zero: Road To Eden.
Created by Swedish development outfit The
Bearded Ladies – boasting veterans of the Hitman, Payday, and Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter series on its team – this is a tactical adventure game that’s aware of its lineage. Road To Eden respects where it has come from, taking the basic construction of the XCOM games and twisting it ever so slightly to help build its own identity and space to play – sciencefiction is swapped out for fantasy as we creep across a post-human world ravaged by everything from climate change to a mysterious pandemic and nuclear war. Deep and tactical combat is to combine with an interesting real-time stealth system to give you more options than ever when approaching a wide variety of scenarios, while the arrival of fully-fleshed out characters – each with their own personality, style and gripes against the world – will be an intriguing departure from the procedurally-generated nature of XCOM’S characters. Mutant Year Zero is scheduled to release later this year and it has certainly caught our attention; the devil is, of course, in the detail, but for now we’ve seen enough to keep this high on the list of anticipated titles for 2018.
Mutant Year Zero is the debut game from Swedish studio The Bearded Ladies. Find out more here: mutantyearzero.com