mutant year zero

GDC 2018: A look at Funcom’s Mutant Year Zero Road to Eden

I didn’t play it, but I can’t be the only one who thought of the original tabletop when Funcom announced Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden. Well, if you haven’t heard yet, surprise! It’s based on the same IP.

However, I have some bad news, MMO fans: Apparently while there was a plan for Mutant Year Zero to have a multiplayer option, it got the axe. Good news, though: Developer and “First Lady” from The Bearded Ladies (the developers behind the game) David Skarin said nothing is stopping them from adding it in after launch. Normally CGI trailers without gameplay make the press side of me roll my eyes, but I have to admit that, after seeing some actual gameplay, I’d probably enjoy some hands-on time with the title.

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Take a trip through Funcom’s 25-year history

From 1994’s A Dinosaur’s Tale to 2018’s Mutant Year Zero, Funcom has blazed its own path through the video game genre as a developer and publisher of all sorts of titles. These, of course, include some of MMORPG fans’ most beloved games, such as Anarchy Online, Age of Conan, and The Secret World.

To celebrate the studio’s 25th anniversary, Funcom put together a quick video that takes players from the 16-bit console generation to the modern day, showing off its various logos and a montage of its games.

“Since those humble beginnings back in March of 1993, we’ve released over twenty-five games across a wide range of platforms,” Funcom said. “We’ve survived major shifts in the gaming industry and we’ve had to adapt to an ever-changing market. We’ve had our ups and we’ve had our downs. We’ve weathered many storms and we’ve earned our battle-scars.”

The journey starts below. What are you waiting for?

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Funcom reports that 2017 was the most profitable year in its history

With significantly higher revenue and sales coming in 2017, Funcom announced to its investors that it just came off the most profitable year in the studio’s history. The studio made $23.2M in revenue and $6.64M in profit during the period, a massive increase over 2016, during which it only made $7.3M in revenue. Even better, Funcom said that it has significantly reduced its debt and strengthened its position.

As for its games, Funcom said that Secret World Legends’ new story content is coming in the first quarter and is expected to bring back players and push user acquisition. Conan Exiles’ May launch is a source of particular excitement, and Funcom is planning on several marketing initiatives to push sales. Anarchy Online and Age of Conan were not mentioned in the report.

Of course, the studio is particularly excited about today’s announcement of its publishing Mutant Year Zero.

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Funcom announces Mutant Year Zero, a tactical adventure game

If mutants, post-apocalyptic settings, and turn-based combat sound intriguing, then Funcom’s got a pleasant surprise in store for you today with its announcement of Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden.

Developed by Sweden’s Bearded Ladies and published by Funcom, Mutant Year Zero is a tactical adventure game in the style of XCOM that takes place in an alternate timeline in which humanity is gone and mutants roam a world in ruins. It is based on the Mutant pen-and-paper RPG that is part of the package that Funcom picked up a little while back and will be available for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 this year.

Before you ask, no, there doesn’t seem to be any indication that this is a multiplayer game, but it does show that Funcom is flexing its publisher muscles in an attempt to diversify as a studio.

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