Funcom's XCOM-like strategy game Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden will be released 4th December on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

This is the game with talking animals Funcom announced in a CGI trailer earlier this year. It's based on the pen-and-paper Mutant RPG, set in an overgrown, post-apocalyptic Earth where humans were wiped out and new species mutated to fill their bipedal boots.

Chris Bratt went to see the game at GDC earlier this year and talked to the developer, Bearded Ladies (what a name), about it. His half-an-hour of gameplay ought to give you a rounded idea of what to expect.

For those who can't watch it, Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden plays very similar to XCOM. Your duck, boar and semi-human trio inch across wild environments, tactically taking down opponents turn by turn. There are statistics to weigh every move with, and base hubs where you can upgrade your capabilities - your equipment, abilities and mutations - as you progress.

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