Funcom has announced a new game starring an unlikely bipedal trio of duck, boar and some kind of human. It's an XCOM-style tactical adventure in a post-human Earth, and it's made not by Funcom but by a small new developer called, um, Bearded Ladies, which was formed by ex-Hitman developers and Payday designer Ulf Andersson. Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden, as it's called, looks pretty good.

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Due this year on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, Mutant Year Zero blends turn-based combat with real-time exploration and stealth gameplay, and it's based on the long-running Mutant pen and paper role-playing games, including the new version, Mutant: Year Zero (rather obviously).

The game is set after nuclear war ruined the earth and humans died, and mutants rose from their - and animal's - ashes. Hence Dux, the crossbow-wielding duck, and Bormin, the angry boar. Selma is the human-like one of the three and has a Stoneskin mutation she can use throughout the game. Each of the main characters will have mutations, and there will be more to unlock.

Funcom is taking Mutant to the Game Developers Conference in mid-March and showing gameplay for the first time, although you can get a glimpse of it in the screenshots above.

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