Everything we know about – Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden
Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden is the turn-based post-apocalyptic game we have been waiting for. Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden takes place on a post-apocalyptic Earth. Humans have been replaced by equally intelligent mutants and mayhem overcomes the planet.
Interestingly the game comes from a team including former designers of HITMAN and PAYDAY. Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden brings us a tactical adventure game that combines the turn-based combat of XCOM with real-time stealth and exploration.
The history behind the apocalypse
Mutant Year Zero was originally a pen-and-paper RPG from Sweden that grew in popularity during the 1980’s. Recently, ‘Modiphius’ and ‘Free League Publishing’ have launched the 30th Anniversary edition of the game. Check out the trailer for this below.
Gameplay + Features
Road to Eden features a tactical combat system inspired by the XCOM games but is actually far more unforgiving to play. The game has a much bigger focus on the narrative and the individual development of your characters. Being tactical is key as enemies are as powerful as your characters.
When you’re out of combat, your party walks around in real time exploring the environment. You will come across a world of crumbling highways, abandoned cities, and overgrown countryside. As well as these you can return to ‘The Ark’. The Ark is basically a neon steampunk base of operations full of questionable characters. Here you can restock your supplies and plan out your next adventure.
Control a team of mutants
‘A duck with an attitude problem and a boar with anger issues’. The Characters you’ll meet and control aren’t your typical heroes. Each mutant comes with a unique personality/take on the world around them.
Be a ninja… Or don’t
Use stealth to sneak through shadows and catch your enemies unguarded… Or just avoid them all together. Real-time stealth allows you full control of approach, where other turn-based games have failed this one succeeds. Each enemy has a detection circle around them, if you step into this while not in cover, they’ll spot you.
Turning your flashlight on will allow you to move faster but enemies will have larger detection circles. Turn the flashlight off and you drop into a crouch. This is perfect for separating your units and preparing for an ambush. This is triggered with a tap of the spacebar.
Unlock new mutations and abilities for your team. These include but are not limited to ‘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.’
The key to combat in Mutant Year Zero is to take advantage of the unique possibilities opened up by your party of mutants. Using the environment to your advantage like staying out of floodlights, hiding from line of sight, or even just blasting down fully destructible walls and buildings and wreak mayhem.
Loot and comedic value
‘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. One item, in particular, is a fedora with lips with ‘kiss me quick’ scrawled on the side. The game lists this as a ‘fertility crown, used by the ancients attract a mate’. Stupid jokes like this and the entertaining banter between the team give the game charm.
System Requirements and release date
Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden is coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC on December 4, 2018 and I can’t wait to check out the full game. The PC system requirements can be found here. Do be sure to leave a comment and share this article with your friends! The official site for the game can be found here.