Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden, long title, great game. If you’re looking for a unique take on the tactical and strategy blend defined by titles like XCOM, then look no further than this strangely likable action game by Swedish studio The Bearded Ladies and published by Funcom. And now, the game is coming to the Switch, according to an announcement from Funcom.
The tactical turn-based RPG mechanics are smooth and fun, and the story is strange but likable. Mutant Year Zero takes on some pretty mature subject matter too, so it is a little off-color for it to pop up on the very much family-friendly Switch, given that Nintendo has often shied away from more mature titles in the past. Although given the massive success of the platform, and ports for the consoles like Dark Souls Remastered and Diablo III, Nintendo is really looking to change that image a little bit. Anyway, back to Eden.
The game takes a mix of stealth and high-energy action to create a spicy blend of mutant-infested mayhem. As you take your squad of mutant buddies out on missions, trying to gather supplies for the vital Eden, you encounter a variety of creative threats and dangerous foes. The outbreak of the deadly Red Plague and global nuclear war has left much of humanity, what remains of it, cowering in holes and eking out a pitiful excuse for a life. It’s up to your ragtag bunch to venture out into the chaotic world in search of what they need to survive.
The story follows much of the same dark and dreary tones as the gameplay. Your group is known as the Stalkers and is under the direct command of the mysterious Elder. Along the way, you encounter an increasingly dangerous and destructive enemy faction, one who seems hellbent on destroying the last vestige of humanity. It’s up to your friends to put an end to those ambitions. But don’t think things will be that simple or easy.
In terms of the actual Switch port, it will feature the full game with JoyCon optimized controls and a visual change to account for the shift in hardware specs. It’s basically the same game, just scaled down a bit and adapted to a new control scheme.
The game is planned to launch for the Switch console on June 25. You can take a look at what Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden will look like on the portable platform in the trailer down below. The game is currently out for PS4, Xbox One and PC. If you want to pick up a copy, you can go do that on Amazon.