First announced way back in 2017, Biomutant is a nifty-looking game about mutated creatures in a post-apocalyptic world. It’s maybe most notable for featuring a sword-wielding raccoon thing with an eyepatch.

From what I’ve gathered thus far, this is a sort-of-RPG set in an open world (third-person Fallout-meets-Horizon Zero Dawn is the vibe I’m getting). It’s also said to feature a robust character creation system, so you probably won’t be playing as the critter shown in the trailer. Unless you build it from scratch, I suppose.

The game comes from Experiment 101, a studio that was formed by a group of ex-Avalanche employees who had worked on the Just Cause series. Based on the footage we’ve seen so far, the production value is extremely high, and the fact that Just Cause veterans are crafting the game only further solidifies that assumption.


Personally, I am incredibly interested in this. While post-apocalypses are a dime a dozen in the video game world, post-apocalypses where you play as fluffy critters are quite rare (though not entirely absent).

If you want a list of features from a recent press release, well, here you go:

A New Take on 3rd-Person Combat – The martial arts style combat system allows you maximum freedom of movement and agility while mixing shooting, melee, and powers from your mutations. Learning new Wung-Fu combat forms through progression and learning from masters you’ll meet, will constantly add to your choices and make sure combat never gets old.

Evolve Your Gameplay – You’ll be able to re-code your genetic structure to change the way you look and play. This will of course affect your attributes and in addition to this, exposure to bio-contamination in the world will lead to mutations like the Turtleform and Mucus Bubble, while exposure to radioactivity found in bunkers from the old world will affect your mind and unlock psi-mutations like telekinesis, levitation and more.

Next Level of Crafting – You are totally free when crafting weapons. Mix and match parts to create your own unique 1H or 2H slash and crush weapons. Revolvers, rifles and shotguns and add modifications like cork-screws and battery-powered chainsaw modules to bio-contaminated sludge vials adding to your combat arsenal. There are even characters you’ll meet that’ll craft cool stuff for you, like bionic wings, a jump-pack and even let you modify your Automaton – the scrap-toy sidekick!

Gear Up for Adventure – You are totally free when equipping your character. Not only when it comes to choosing weapons you created, but what type of gear you wear. Equip a gas-mask and an oxygen tank for exploring the Dead Zones, thermos-resistant clothes for venturing into cryonic areas or protective gear for taking on bio-contaminated creatures, the choice is up to you.

Survive in a Vibrant Open World – You are free to explore the world and what lies beneath its surface, by foot, mech, jet-ski, air-balloon or area unique mounts. Explore the dying wildland, the tunnels and bunker networks of the underworld, and find your way up the mountains or out in the archipelago. There are lots of discoveries to be made, mysteries to unravel, creatures to confront, and weird characters to meet in this vibrant and colorful world.

An Unusual Story with an Unusual End – Your actions play a major part in the unfolding of a story where End is coming to the New World. A plague is ruining the land and the Tree-of-Life is bleeding death from its roots. The Tribes stand divided, in need of someone strong enough to unite them or bring them all down…

You are guided through the world by a Storyteller that narrates every step of your journey, but it’s your actions and choices that’ll decide how your story of survival ends.

Biomutant is set to release May 25, 2021, for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. You can watch the reveal trailer below.

If you want a much deeper look at Biomutant, check out this 30-minute presentation from 2018:

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