While it's always best for a game to get announced at its official announcement, sometimes someone pulls the trigger a little early. Such is the case with Biomutant, an upcoming action RPG that got leaked.
Originally discovered by Twitter user Tino Hahn and then posted to Neogaf, it appears German magazine GamesMarkt has run an ad for an unknown game called Biomutant. Being developed by Experiment 101 and published by THQ Nordic, there's not much to go on quite yet. The game describes itself as "The post-apocalyptic kung fu fable" and that it's going to be an open world action RPG. The main character appears to be an anthropomorphic red panda of some kind. Only instead of being cute and falling over, he's angry, has an eye patch, a robotic grasshopper buddy, and is holding a sword. There are some screenshots as well, which depict the player controlling what appears to be a boat in one and using a hang glider in another. This seems to give some insight as to how we'll be getting around the open world of Biomutant.
The game's developers, Experiment 101, appears to be a new studio based in Sweden that was founded in 2015. It's headed by Stefan Ljungqvist, who formerly worked on Mad Max, Just Cause 2, and horror-themed MOBA Deadbreed (and Drake of the 99 Dragons, but I'm sure he wants to forget about that just as much as the rest of us).
Biomutant will be available in early 2018 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. It will be appearing at Gamescom where the developer has said their project (unnamed at the time) would be available to try out.
Quick Take:I'm actually kind of pleased with this leak. While I haven't really seen enough of Biomutant to care for the game itself yet, it does help beat one thing I was worried about. I figured THQ Nordic would basically just squat on their old THQ IPs and stick to little more than remasters and sequels. Seeing them publish an entirely new IP, especially one that seems to be kind of weird, is really cool.
How do you feel about Biomutant? Excited for something weird? Not that interested? Want to hear more first? Let us know in the comments!