Every generation, players long for new IP. While some hit with resounding fanfare, others land with a disappointing thud. The next big IP from THQ Nordic is coming in the form of a weapon-wielding cat-like creature, trained in Wushu combat and sensational powers. That game is Biomutant. Here is why I can’t wait to get my hands on this game later in the year.
Publisher: THQ Nordic
Developer: Experiment 101
Release Date: TBA 2018
Biomutant is the first game from Experiment 101. Made up of former Avalanche Studio employees (known for their work on the Just Cause series), you know this game will be big on action. Biomutant is a 3rd-person, open-world action/RPG set in a futuristic world full of anthropomorphic animals. The gameplay centers on character mutations, and according to the Biomutant website, you’ll be able to “recode your genetic structure to change the way you look and play”. Outside of character traits, you’ll also be able to change your characters gear as well as pilot many different vehicles.
The story of Biomutant revolves around the Tree of Life. The tree’s five roots are under attack from tribes of creatures, but that is not all. A strange poisonous oil has begun to bubble up from beneath the surface – destroying the tree from the inside. What could this mean? It’s up to you to figure out how to stop the threat and save the world.
As a player, you will also be able to affect the outcome of the story. You decide how to influence the tribes around you. Will you align with them or destroy them to increase your power? Every choice will change the path of this adventure when it lands on your Xbox in late 2018.
Whenever a studio creates a new IP, it gives them to chance to stretch their creative muscle. They get the opportunity to implement new ideas, show what they are capable of, and tell us what they are truly passionate about. The excitement from the team is palpable, which makes me excited for the project (even though little gameplay has been shown so far).
The idea of being able to change your character and powers to fit your playstyle is always an exciting idea, as it caters to each individual. The story may be vastly different for each gamer as well. I can’t wait for the games release to hear the many different adventures and experiences that will cultivate from this title.
Releasing a new IP can be a risky move, especially when it’s the first game from a brand new studio. Depending on when it releases in 2018, it also has an uphill battle against more established open-world franchises, such as Far Cry 5, Red Dead Redemption 2, and more. While Experiment 101 has the pedigree of greatness (from their work on Just Cause,) things don’t always go as planned. I hope that Biomutant turns out to be everything I want it to be, but the game does come off as a little too ambitious for a first-time project. I know that some of the ideas will be left on the cutting room floor, but I hope that the team is able to implement all of their best ideas into this new title.
Much of Biomutant‘s success will come down to release date. As mentioned above, if the game comes out later in the year, it may be suicide for the project. If Experiment 101 is able to release the game before October, it will stand a greater chance at grabbing a new audience looking for something to play during the slow season. Strong reviews and word-of-mouth will also affect the title going forward. Here’s hoping this project strives for a bug-free release in late Q3 of 2018.
So, are you excited for a new IP? What do you want to see from Biomutant and Experiment 101? Let me know in the comments down below!