Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden Shows 20 Minutes of Unedited Gameplay Footage

Chris Wray

Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden is set to release in just two months, on December the 4th for the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Published by Funcom (Age of Conan) and developed by The Bearded Ladies, featuring talent with a history in the development of both Hitman and Payday, Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden aims to be a 'tactical adventure' game that features the turn-based combat from titles like XCOM while also featuring real-time stealth and exploration.

Kai previously was able to have a hands-on with the game back at E3 and his impressions were promising, only encountering a few issues here and there.  Specifically, Kai stated:

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Even with how early on Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden is, the project does show a lot of promise. Exploring the world at one’s leisure then shifting that same map into tactical combat is a smart decision that I’ve come to explore in cRPGs. Once the AI gets tweaked and fine-tuned to be more approachable by the player, I could see this pen and paper project mutate into a great RPG to keep an eye out for.

To show the progression that has been made with Mutant Year Zero a brand new unedited 20-minute gameplay footage has been released of the game, combined with developer commentary from Lead Designer Lee Varley and Producer Mark Parker. The story of this video is as follows:

Bormin, Dux and Selma have just exited the Cave of Fear and are heading north towards a place called the House of Bones. But first they need to cross the river and to do so they must defeat a large group of zone ghouls who are controlling a massive metal boat.

From what I've seen, it looks like Mutant Year Zero will be able to scratch that pulsating tactical itch I often find myself getting. Furthermore, it's set in an interesting world where even the characters you control are different to what you're normally used to. Granted, the team don't have the most imaginative names - Dux for a Duck, Bormin for a Boar and Timothy Pennyweather the Third for a now revived 18th-century British aristocrat. The last one may not be completely accurate.

When it releases on the 4th of December, Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden will be available as a Standard Edition and a Deluxe Edition. The Deluxe Edition will include a desktop wallpaper, digital artbook, digital soundtrack, and a digital copy of the Mutant Year Zero pen-and-paper RPG book. In addition to this, Pre-ordering the Standard Edition will give you a three-day head start at launch while pre-ordering the Deluxe Edition gives you the same head start as well as access to a Beta version of the game before launch.

Key Features of Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden are as follows:

Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden is the ultimate fix for your tactical strategy addiction. Dive into a deep, turn-based, tactical combat system inspired by the XCOM games.

Journey through a post-human world of abandoned cities, crumbling highways, and overgrown countryside. Check back at the Ark, a neon-bathed oasis of ill repute and questionable characters, to restock your supplies and plan out your next adventure.

A duck with an attitude problem and a boar with anger issues; these aren’t your typical heroes. Get to know Dux, Bormin, Selma, and many other characters each with their own unique personality and deranged perspective on the world and their situation.

Sneak through shadows to avoid conflict or to catch enemies unaware. Real-time stealth allows you full control of approach: sneak into an enemy camp, position the team of Mutants to your advantage, and gain the element of surprise.

Unlock new mutations and abilities for your Mutants, such as Selma’s Stoneskin, Bormin’s Charge, and Dux‘ uncanny ability to sneak into a camp full of enemies unnoticed, despite being a 4-foot tall walking, talking duck with a crossbow.

Use the environment to your advantage. Stay out of floodlights, hide from line of sight, or just blast down fully destructible walls and buildings and wreak utter havoc.

From makeshift slingshots to high-powered rifles and top hats to police vests, make sure you equip your Mutants for the dangers ahead. Nothing says post-human quite like a mutated boar in spiked metal armor charging at you with a blunderbuss in his hands.

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