Funcom has revealed Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden, a new single-player RPG (not an MMO) from new developer The Bearded Ladies - who include designers who worked on the Hitman series and Payday.
Funcom had been teasing the announcement for the last few days, and while it was clearly based on the Mutant series of tabletop RPGs, which they acquired late last year, we didn't expect it to be a full single-player RPG with combat inspired by the recent XCOM games from Firaxis.
You can check out the website here or the Steam page here. Characters include "a duck with an attitude problem and a boar with anger issues", and frankly we're in love with it based on this sentence alone. Set on a post-human Earth, Funcom describe the game as combining the "strategy and the turn-based tactical combat of ‘XCOM’ with real-time exploration and stealth gameplay".
Executive Producer Ulf Andersson at Bearded Ladies, who was the designer of the first Payday, says about Mutant Year Zero:
It’s an unusual label for a game, but tactical adventure really fits the bill, no duck pun intended. Our goal is to blend the deep and tactical combat of ‘XCOM’ with a branching storyline that unfolds as you explore overgrown forests and abandoned cities with your team of Mutants. Mixing that with real-time stealth gameplay gives you a unique way to approach or avoid combat situations you encounter while exploring."
Funcom will be showing the game off at GDC 2018 in San Francisco in March. The game will be available later this year.