At Gamescom today THQ Nordic announced the first game from Experiment 101, a new studio made up of ex-Avalanche developers who worked on the Just Cause and Mad Max games, including creative director Stefan Ljungqvist. That game is Biomutant, an open-world action RPG with a focus on martial arts, firearms, and altering your cute cuddly character's appearance with mutations and prosthetics. The CGI trailer is below although we're promised a look at the game proper very soon.
As you can see from the screenshots below, Biomutant is an extraordinarily colorful game. While the general exploration mechanics will (hopefully) be similar to the go-anywhere do-anything sandbox of Just Cause, Biomutant is sounding very unique. The focus on martial arts for a start, as while your character can use guns proper kung-fu fighting sounds too fun not to use, and your character can pick up new Wushu moves by progressing through the game and finding new martial arts masters.
Players can upgrade their character, who is presumably player created since they're never given a name, with powerful cybernetic enhancements and mutations from different creatures, giving the player the ability to grow bat wings or lethal claws and even attach robotic legs. On top of that there are vehicles in the game such as mechs, jet-skis, air balloons and UFOs. Sounds a right blast.
Biomutant was heavily leaked in the last few days, but that clearly hasn't been a problem for the game. Stefan Ljungqvist had this to say about the game before it was revealed:
"We will be demoing the studio's first title on the show floor at Gamescom - an open-world action-RPG not like anything you've seen or played before. We've been hard at work on this for some time and I am happy to finally be able to share it. Really looking forward to it. Made with UE4."
Biomutant, like every other bloody game that gets announced right now, is coming out vaguely 2018.