Miasma Chronicles visits a new apocalypse from the makers of Mutant Year Zero

The team behind Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden has returned with a new turn-based strategy RPG set in a whole new desolate world.

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Back in 2018, veteran Swedish developers behind such projects as Hitman, Payday, and others banded together to create a tactical turn-based strategy RPG set in a post-apocalyptic world. Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden proved to be an under-the-radar hit, lauded by critics and fans for its solid XCOM-style gameplay and its imaginative world. Nearly five years after its release, the team at The Bearded Ladies is back and now teaming up with 505 Games to introduce a brand new apocalyptic world with the upcoming Miasma Chronicles.

Elvis and Diggs explore a dilapidated highway in Miasma Chronicles

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First revealed during the 505 Games Spring 2022 Showcase earlier this year, Miasma Chronicles is set in a future world left in shambles. Players will visit what remains of America through the eyes of a young miner named Elvis. He's largely unfamiliar with the outside world, having been brought to the mining town of Sedentary as a child. However, with his mother missing, Elvis sets out to explore the world in an effort to find her. Joining him is a wisecracking robot named Diggs, who curiously identifies himself as Elvis' older brother. The two will frequently banter with one another, as well as with their enemies, as they explore a dangerous landscape filled with enemies like giant mutant frogs. All of this is set in a world shaped by a mysterious and deadly miasma, which will continue to have adverse effects on the planet throughout the story.

Those who enjoyed the Mutant Year Zero formula will be happy with Miasma Chronicles' combat style. It's described as an evolution of that game's formula and it certainly feels familiar. Elvis and Diggs must find an advantageous position and fire on their targets from a distance. Players must find cover to avoid taking damage, but they can also sneak up on their enemies and trigger an ambush. Ambushing foes allows Elvis and Diggs to sneak in a first shot, catch enemies unaware, and potentially deal more damage.

The Bearded Ladies are hoping to go a little deeper with this latest effort. Miasma Chronicles will utilize RPG elements and a skill tree, where players can upgrade Elvis and Diggs' various abilities and weapons. Later combat scenarios will integrate high ground elements, where positioning will matter even more. Plus, enemies will gradually grow more powerful, requiring strategic uses of inventory items like grenades.

Mutant Year Zero had two things going for it: a wondrous sense of world building and character chemistry. Miasma Chornicles looks to have much more of that and it should be fun to watch this game's development in the months ahead. Look for Miasma Chronicles to release on PC (via Steam and the Epic Games Store), PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S in 2023.

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Ozzie has been playing video games since picking up his first NES controller at age 5. He has been into games ever since, only briefly stepping away during his college years. But he was pulled back in after spending years in QA circles for both THQ and Activision, mostly spending time helping to push forward the Guitar Hero series at its peak. Ozzie has become a big fan of platformers, puzzle games, shooters, and RPGs, just to name a few genres, but he’s also a huge sucker for anything with a good, compelling narrative behind it. Because what are video games if you can't enjoy a good story with a fresh Cherry Coke?

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