Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden caught a lot of folks (myself included) off-guard in late 2018. The turn-based tactics game sported humanoid mutants that looked like post-apocalyptic Looney Tunes fighting ghouls in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. It was also very, very good. But while that game took place in a far-flung future, Corruption 2029 seems set much closer to… now. Although we don’t much more about it. We don’t have to wait long for more details, though. The surprise, new tactics game from The Bearded Ladies is already right around the corner.
Corruption 2029 will launch on the Epic Games Store on Feb. 17 — a.k.a. next Monday, depending on when you read this. That’s soon! It’s also fairly cheap at just $19.95. Besides that, though, we mostly just know that the game will let you “command a squad of heavily augmented ‘units’ deep into enemy territory to discover the cause of the CORRUPTION.” Its Epic page also states the game is “hardcore,” and “should test the mettle of even the most experienced tactical gamers.”
It’s unclear if the “CORRUPTION” makes words written in all caps, or if that’s just a coincidence.
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Among the notes listed in the press release we received, the studio also mentions stealth elements will return from Mutant Year Zero. That’s heartening. The ability to get the drop on squads of enemy units before they even saw you was one of the previous game’s most interesting features.
Other strategy games, like XCOM 2 and its War of the Chosen expansion, have leaned into similar concepts. But Mutant Year Zero put its own flair on it, with the ability to pick off enemies one-by-one and sneak around battlefields in real-time. Our own reviewer of the game, back in 2018, described it as making each battle “built on parsing your baddies and planning your attack in phases.”
Here’s hoping Corruption 2029 continues to do more of the same (or even builds on those ideas further).
I could certainly go for more of this formula right about now. Even so, Corruption 2029 doesn’t have the same, instantly striking style as Mutant Year Zero (what with its saucy duck man and all). Mutant Year Zero‘s Seed of Evil DLC even added a big, talking moose. This tactics game, meanwhile, features a lot of the same autumnal-looking environments as its predecessor, but feels a bit more straight-laced — with serious cyber-people stalking the ravaged United States. Think more along the lines of STALKER (another all caps affair) or Metro 2033, than a grimy set of cartoon characters. Although it does still look nice.
We’ll learn more (and try to keep you in the loop) when Corruption 2029 launches early next week. Until then, you can go to the aforementioned product page yourself and scope it out. You can also already pre-order the game, if you’re too impatient for the very short wait ahead of you.