Developer Die Gute Fabrik’s strange, visually striking “mutant soap opera” Mutazione, will be making its way to PlayStation 4 and PC next week, on 19th September.
Mutazione, which is described as a character-driven “adventure game where the juicy personal drama is just as important as the high-stakes adventure”, unfolds once-beautiful tropical island holiday resort, devastated by a meteor strike 100 hundred earlier. Over time, its inhabitants began to show signs of strange mutations, leading to the creation of the isolated community where Mutazione story takes place.
Players take on the role of 15-year-old Kai who travels to Mutazione to take care of her ailing grandfather Nonno. But, says Die Gute Fabrik, “things aren’t as simple as they seem… Nonno has other plans for Kai; secrets and betrayals simmer under the friendly community’s surface; and there’s a creepy bird-like figure who keeps on appearing in Kai’s dreams.”
Quite how this all manifests itself in gameplay terms isn’t entirely clear, although Mutazione’s launch trailer has an air of Night in the Woods’ whimsy-meets-sombre, small-town drama about it.”Make new friends; plant musical gardens; attend BBQs, band nights and boat trips,” reads Mutazione’s Steam page, “and embark on a final spiritual journey to save everyone from the strange darkness at the heart of it all.”
Mutazione will cost $19.99 USD (around £16) when it launches on Steam and PS4 on 19th September.