Biomutant is an upcoming single player, third person action RPG game. In development by Experiment 101 and published by THQ Nordic. Set to release on May 25th 2021 the game will be available to play on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Biomutant is set in a post-apocalyptic environment. After being struck by a natural disaster, in the form of an oil flood rising from the ground, the oil rises above the worlds surface and pollutes The Tree of Life. The Tree of Life has 5 roots which extend to different corners of the game world. In order to save the world it is the players job to journey to each root and defeat the monsters that await.
Additionally here are six tribes which have split from their original enclave. Some dedicated to heal The Tree of Life. The others have their own plans. Biomutant has branching/alternative storylines based on the players decisions in-game. The tribes are affected by a karma system. It is up to the player to influence each tribe and ally with who they see fit.
In Biomutant the player takes control of a mammalian Warrior in a world filled with a diverse selection of dangerously mutated animals. Dubbed as a “Post-apocalyptic Kung-Fu fable”. Biomutant promises to deliver in fun/unique and action packed gameplay.
Biomutant features an extremely detailed character customisation. Selecting an appropriate mutation, referred to as ‘DNA Strands’, will set the foundations for your characters customisable options. Wether you want your furry protagonist to be strong or more intelligent, whatever you choose will directly affect the aesthetic and statistical elements of your character. For example a stronger character will have a buffed physique at the expense of agility. This is true for other combinations for example, added strength comes at a cost to agility. This makes it extremely important in balancing your stats with your preferred play style.
The six DNA strands to balance between are as follows:
You will be given a choice of classes. Different classes will affect the players starting gear, weapons and abilities.
One of these classes is reportedly called ‘Sai Freak’. An ability which “Offers the player X-men styled mutant abilities”.
Biomutant also offers the player more traditional customisable options such as fur type/colour etc.
Biomutant offers a variety of different weapons and customisable options for these weapons. A range of different affixes for these weapons are standard such as cryogenic or electrical. You will be able to mix these weapon elements effects together in combat by switching between different weapons in battle.
Combat relies on a combination of mixing long range with short range attacks. This ensures confrontations stay exciting and diverse. Biomutant promises to deliver “A new take on 3rd person combat” their description is below.
“The martial arts style combat system allows you maximum freedom of movement and agility while mixing shooting, melee and powers from your mutations. Acquiring new Wushu combat styles through progression, and learning from masters you’ll meet, constantly adds to your choices and makes sure combat never gets old”
The player will be able to traverse the vast open world in a variety of ways. Be it on foot, by air or over water. Biomutant gives you the ultimate freedom in exploring and discovering everything the world has to offer. There are also bio-mechanical body parts available to customise your character with. Attachable robotic legs and wings are obtainable. These are used to reach locations around the map or fight enemies.
The player is also encouraged to overcome terrain based obstacles. To do this the player must either attach certain body parts or equip the appropriate gear. One example of this is the ‘Death Zone’. Players must therefore equip gas/oxygen tanks in order to venture deeper within the terrain and explore previously unreachable areas.
The dynamic weather system and day/night cycles will also play an affect on the gameplay and enemy behaviour.
All in all, Biomutant promises to deliver in their new-style of combat mixed with more traditional elements of the genre. With a story driven narrative inclusive of world changing choices and karma system in place for NPC’s. We are extremely excited to get our hands on this promising title and hope the game lives up to our expectations.
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