What do mutants talk about amongst themselves in their daily lives? That may not be a question you've ever had need to ponder, but we'll learn the answer later this year anyway with the upcoming release of indie German developer Die Gute Fabrik's Mutazione.
A long time ago, a "great meteor named 'Moon Dragon' struck a tropical holiday resort. Most of the inhabitants perished but those who didn't remained in the mutating environment and founded the small community of Mutazione." Now, over a hundred years later, a young woman named Kai arrives in this "strange and secretive community to visit her ailing grandfather." As you attempt to "nurse your grandfather back to health, you make new friends, discover old betrayals, unravel long-kept secrets, and embark on a final spiritual journey to try to save everyone from the mysterious darkness at the heart of it all."
Presented in an attractive hand-painted art style, the eponymous village offers a "mutant soap opera where small-town gossip meets the supernatural." While players can expect "dramatic twists and turns" in the narrative along the way, here the "juicy personal drama is just as important as the high-stakes 'adventure' part of the story." In allowing players to choose which characters to talk to, the game's "ensemble cast format of storytelling" draws inspiration from television shows such as Twin Peaks, Deep Space Nine, Grey's Anatomy and Lost. Rather than focus on puzzles, you'll have the opportunity to "plant gardens to customise your own relaxing musical soundscape," and even "share seeds online and send musical plants to other players."
Created with financial support from Sony, the Danish Film Institute, Creative Europe, and Nordic Game, there is no firm target release date for Mutazione just yet, but the game is currently on track to launch sometime in 2019 for Windows, Mac, and PlayStation 4. To follow its progress in the coming months, be sure to drop by the official website to learn more.