Developers Die Gute Fabrik describe their upcoming title Mutazione as a “Mutant soap opera.” Think less cheesy, and more packed with personal drama, unforgettable characters, and a lot of emotions.
Mutazione is about trauma and its long-term effects on a small community. It is melancholic, beautiful and often weird, as you can tell from the game’s launch trailer posted below.
You play as 15-year-old Kai, the only non-mutant on the secluded island of Mutazione. As the name suggests, the island is home to plenty of strange, yet very human mutants.
Over 100 years ago, a meteor called “Moon Dragon” struck the tropical island. Those who survived the impact began to show strange mutations. The rest of the world quickly cut ties with the affected zone, but those who remained in the mutating environment founded the small and isolated community of Mutazione.
Fast-froward to our time when Kai is boarding a ferry to the island to take care of your estranged grandfather Nonno, but he has other plans for her. These plans involve plenty of talking and gardening.
The community of Mutazione is beginning to fracture under the weight of secrets and betrayals. And also, there’s this creepy bird-like figure who keeps on appearing in Kai’s dreams. Nonno wants her to get to know the people of the island and help them come together again.
Your visit to the island lasts eight days, with each day divided into seven periods. Certain actions and conversations move time forward, but for the most part, you are free to roam the town, talk to people, collect seeds, and plant gardens.
Gardening is a big part of Mutazione’s gameplay. Each new plant you discover corresponds with a musical instrument and mood, so your gardens look pretty but also have unique soundscapes. Creating a specific mood with your gardening is sort of a puzzle, and has an effect on your relationships.
Mutazione promises an emotional story, with unpredictable twists and turns. You can join Kai on her journey once the game comes out September 19, on PC and PlayStation 4.Some of our posts include links to online retail stores. We get a small cut if you buy something through one of our links. Don't worry, it doesn't cost you anything extra.