About Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden
Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden is developed by The Bearded Ladies Consulting that put out Landit Bandit in 2010 – the simulator of Leonardo da Vinci’s prototypical helicopter. The new project is created in the Mutant franchise. It debuted 1984 as a board game made by Target Games. Currently, the IP belongs to Cabinet Group, and Heroic Signatures have the rights to create interactive games in the series. It is cofounded by FunCom – the publisher of Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden.
The action of Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden is embedded in a post-apocalyptical world. An economic crisis, climate changes, and tensions between powerful countries led to a nuclear war which changed the world. Almost all humanity is gone while mutants and animals are in control. The players assume the roles of singular characters, such as the mean duck Dux and the angry boar Bormin, and search for the mythical Eden.
Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden for PC, PS4 and XONE is a mixture of an adventure and a stealth game with a turn-based combat system, inspired by the XCOM series. The Ark serves as the base for all the shady adventurers, where you can buy supplies and prepare for the next journeys. Travelling takes place in real time. Once an enemy is detected, the heroes hide and, while is the stealth mode, they sneak up undetected to an enemy base or take advantageous positions for an attack. Combat is turn based. The characters move in turns, make use of environment elements by e.g. taking cover behind walls (which can be destroyed), and attack with weapons and unique abilities, like the stone skin of Selma or Bormin’s charge. The game offers a development system of the characters and loot. During gameplay, the players obtain new equipment, including weapons (from slingshots to rifles) and clothes (e.g. bulletproof vests or a cylinder).
The production is powered by Unreal Engine used in such games as Gears of War 4 and Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds. The visuals on PC, PS4 and XONE are very decent, and the world’s design deserves special recognition.