Described as a “post-apocalyptic kung-fu fable,” Experiment 101’s Biomutant has been in development for some time now. Ex-Avalanche Studios staff formed the studio in 2015 and began working on the Action RPG shortly after. It’s been promoted and played at trade shows since, but slipped away from its original 2018 release date, before slipping once more from 2020 to 2021. As we approach the game’s official release later this month, we thought it’d be a good time to round up everything we know about the game, so you can figure out whether you should pick it up or not.
Biomutant Release Date and Platforms
After a long wait, Biomutant will officially launch on May 25, 2021. The game will land on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One at launch. Those who preorder the game will get the Mercenary DLC, a new class to use in-game. Experiment 101 also told Eurogamer in February of this year that “there will be more communication around that soon” with regards to native next-gen versions of the game.
Biomutant Gameplay and Features
First off, if you want to see the game in action, you can check out 11 minutes of footage from Game Informer above. THQ Nordic has published a series of trailers which will give fans a thorough glimpse at how it works in action.
It’s a third-person action game centred around combat, and it looks like players will be able to wield a variety of weapons, from guns and swords to dark magic which invokes the elements. I’ve even seen a dirty toilet brush on display in one trailer. Brawls look frantic but tactical, with a lot of aerial nuance on display as players dart around the battlefield, slashing as they go.
It also looks like there will be vehicles in the game, as mutants can be seen carving up waterways in makeshift boats, riding animals and floating through the air in open suitcases and flying machines. The world itself is a gigantic post-apocalypse with a dynamic weather system. You’ll explore the ruins of skyscrapers as well as lush fields, and face off against a variety of different enemies. From what I can see there are robots as well as flesh and bone creatures to scrap with.
Character creation is clearly a very important part of Biomutant. At the start, players will choose between a variety of breeds, each of which has different strengths in Vitality, Strength, Intellect, Charisma, Agility and Luck.
You’ll build your typical RPG character with these stats in mind, but the protagonist’s body will also be warped to fit the stats on display. You can make a small little monster if you want to have high move speed, or give them a giant torso if you wish to focus on damage and health, for example. You can also choose your resistance percentage during the creation process, which will dictate your survivability in the game’s biomes, which can be icy or toxic, for example.
Once that’s done you’ll receive a suite of aesthetic customization tools, and then be prompted to pick a class, between Dead-Eye, Commando, Psi-Freak, Saboteur and Sentinel.
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