That’s one hell of a title. There’s a lot of things going on there. Never thought I’d use the words post-apocalyptic and furry in the same sentence. There’s also mutations in the game, as the name suggests, but I thought they were less important than the post-apocalyptic kung fu furry business. But that won’t stop me from getting excited about THQ Nordic’s recent announcement, BIOMUTANT. It’s in all caps in every official resource I can find, so, all caps it is.

BIOMUTANT is a kung-fu open world RPG set in a post-apocalyptic, quasi-far-East setting, in a world inhabited by foxes, pandas, and other anthropomorphised animals that stir up a long-repressed feeling deep inside. And the name, BIOMUTANT, that’s because your character can, and I quote, “grow claws, sprout wings, or attach a robotic leg.” The combat will be martial arts-heavy with a dash of firearms–which direction the player wants to lean towards can be determined by the mutations and bionic prosthetics they choose to add to their character. Watch the cinematic trailer below:

As far as post-apocalyptic settings go, BIOMUTANT seems far more colourful and welcoming than S.T.A.L.K.E.R. or Fallout 4. If someone showed me screenshots and asked me to guess the name, I would never have come up with “BIOMUTANT,” and I definitely wouldn’t have said it in all caps. This is a great thing though–I’m sure I’m not the only one that’s gotten a bit sick to death of brown ultrarealism. Admittedly, BIOMUTANT probably appeals most strongly to a very very narrow audience, but it looks like there’ll potentially be something in it for everyone who wants a bit more lighthearted or colourful in their open worlds.

BIOMUTANT comes from Experiment 101, an independent developer based in Sweden headed by Stefan Ljungqvist, longtime art director of Avalanche Studios, best known for the Just Cause franchise, and the lead behind ill-fated (but very pretty) MOBA Deadbreed. So the open world chops are definitely there; and no one would ever deny that Just Cause are some gorgeous games. (I mean, they would, but I’d ignore them.)

BIOMUTANT is expected to launch in 2018 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. For updates, follow the team on Twitter @Biomutant.

 

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