THQ Nordic has today announced that it is bringing Experiment 101's Biomutant to the Switch, with a release planned for later this year.
Biomutant was released back in 2021 on the PS4 and Xbox One to mediocre reviews before getting a next-gen update the following year. We don't know whether the game is going to be tweaked in any way for the Switch at the moment, so we are assuming that it is going to be the same combat-focused open-world adventure.
The game sees you working your way through a post-apocalyptic world as an anthropomorphised creature, whose attributes can be changed (mutated) to directly affect how you play. This hero is able to utilise Wung-Fu combat, which mixes melee, shooting, and mutant ability action to take on enemies throughout the world's seven regions.
For a little more information about the game itself, check out the following features from THQ Nordic:
A NEW TAKE ON 3rd PERSON COMBAT
The martial arts style combat system allows you maximum freedom of movement and agility while mixing shooting, melee, and powers from your mutations. Learning new Wung-Fu combat forms through progression and learning from masters you’ll meet, will constantly add to your choices and make sure combat never gets old.
EVOLVE YOUR GAME-PLAY
You’ll be able to re-code your genetic structure to change the way you look and play. This will of course affect your attributes and in addition to this, exposure to bio-contamination in the world will lead to mutations like the Turtleform and Mucus Bubble, while exposure to radioactivity found in bunkers from the old world will affect your mind and unlock psi-mutations like telekinesis, levitation and more.
NEXT LEVEL OF CRAFTING
You are totally free when crafting weapons. Mix and match parts to create your own unique 1H or 2H slash and crush weapons. Revolvers, rifles and shotguns and add modifications like cork-screws and battery-powered chainsaw modules to bio-contaminated sludge vials adding to your combat arsenal. There are even characters you’ll meet that’ll craft cool stuff for you, like bionic wings, a jump-pack and even let you modify your Automaton - the scrap-toy sidekick!
GEAR UP FOR ADVENTURE
You are totally free when equipping your character. Not only when it comes to choosing weapons you created, but what type of gear you wear. Equip a gas-mask and an oxygen tank for exploring the Dead Zones, thermos-resistant clothes for venturing into cryonic areas or protective gear for taking on bio-contaminated creatures, the choice is up to you.
SURVIVE IN A VIBRANT OPEN WORLD
You are free to explore the world and what lies beneath its surface, by foot, mech, jet-ski, air-balloon or area unique mounts. Explore the dying wildland, the tunnels and bunker networks of the underworld, and find your way up the mountains or out in the archipelago. There are lots of discoveries to be made, mysteries to unravel, creatures to confront, and weird characters to meet in this vibrant and colorful world.
AN UNUSUAL STORY WITH AN UNUSUAL END
Your actions play a major part in the unfolding of a story where End is coming to the New World. A plague is ruining the land and the Tree-of-Life is bleeding death from its roots. The Tribes stand divided, in need of someone strong enough to unite them or bring them all down...
You are guided through the world by a Storyteller that narrates every step of your journey, but it’s your actions and choices that’ll decide how your story of survival ends.
We haven't seen an official release date for this one just yet, though the THQ Nordic website has a finalisation date of 30th November 2023, so we would hope to see the game come to the Switch later this year.
The absence of a Switch trailer makes it difficult to predict how the open world is going to be translated to Nintendo's smaller console, but for a reminder of what the game looked like on PS4 and Xbox One, you can check out the original launch trailer below.
Will you be picking up Biomutant on Switch? Let us know in the comments.
...Why? This game got pretty middling reviews across the board. Pretty much the only thing it had going for it was its graphics, which are definitely going to take a major hit on the Switch.
With the likes of LRG constantly coming under fire for their publishing strategies, I hope THQ Nordic are seeing enough fruits from their support for Switch. I for one appreciate the steady release of physical games they've given us and hope that this turns out well enough to get added to my THQ pile of Switch games.
I recognise the IP but I've no knowledge of it yet, so I'm looking forward to it.
That's uh... great, I guess. I mean, where else are they gonna milk this over-hyped, poorly thought out, dull and repetitive game for a few final drops of cash, Stadia...?
Nice I might play this until Age of Calamity 4, Breath of the Wild 3, or Tears of the Kingdom 2 comes out.
Cheers for another long-teased project finally breaking radio silence. What little I tried of the game on PS+ before losing (read: begrudgingly giving up) access to the respective sub sure looked promising - but, at the same time, hardly any more intensive than many multiplat open-worlders Switch already nails by now.
I strongly suggest researching this game before jumping in. Despite my love for small engineer rodents with weapons (ala Ratchet and Rocket), I found this game to be very bland.
I'm playing this at the moment on PS5 and it's a huge disappointment. Dull open world, a really bizarre storytelling style where one narrator narrates everything, and weightless combat that feels like you're making no impact on enemies.
Probably will skip this. It had lukewarm reviews when it launched on other platforms years ago.
The game is alright, but I can't imagine it being worth playing on Switch. It would have to be one if the best ports ever.
I believe it's the first time I see a port coming and feel disappointed.
I’ve actually wanted to play this. Will be glad to get it on Switch…if the Switch version is in line with the price on other consoles.
If it's already a good game and the port is well done, I'll get it!
I knew this would be the next THQ Nordic port to come to Switch after Destroy All Humans and Wreckfest! I hope that Destroy all Humans 2 is next.
Gonna skip this. Surely THQ Nordic has better stuff to port.
Played this for about 30 minutes when it got added to PS+ Ess a few months back. Curious to see what it looks like on Switch, it did look pretty good on my PS5. Obviously not going to get it on Switch tho.
Really getting close to time for a Switch 2.
Nice that it'll be available on Switch, but also nice to know that I can safely pass on it, barring some major work done to the fundamental gameplay. I ain't time for middling/meh games these days.
More game an choice is always welcome, however this is going to take a pretty decent hit performance wise. Wil be pretty interested to see how it turns out.
I enjoyed the 10 or so hours I played of it. Think I started waiting for the PS5 upgrade and just found other stuff to play, but it's pretty fun. I'll grab it if it's a good port. The weapon customization and crafting is fun, and the world is really pretty. Hope it runs well.
I played this game for about 10 hours; both on PS4 and the upgraded PS5 version. I really like the world and the crafting/cosmetics. But, man, are the physics hollow and floaty. Combat could be good, but your actions have no weight and the harder enemies just feel like bullet-sponges. Would be willing to give it another try on the Switch if priced at $40.00 USD or less.
Believe me, I did not read your comment before writing mine!!!! LOL
Did not like the gameplay at all when I played via PS4 Pro. Had a free trial and the movement and fighting in the game just felt floaty and light and all wrong. It wasn't buggy, it just felt odd and in such a way that I was not going to get used to it. Hard pass on this one. But glad that its being ported, just wish this was a better game.
Played it on Xbox and it was pretty lackluster. Pretty, but also pretty boring.
The reviews were harsh but I REALLY enjoyed my time with BioMutant. The dialog is -not- good but the gameplay loop was satisfying for me.
@gcunit I don't see the connection between LRG and THQ? One is a decades-old developer and multiformat publisher.
The other is primarily just a publisher of other people's titles with awful wait times, expensive shipping, a perpetuator of FOMO, and an increasing focus on trash titles like Night trap and Bill & Ted. Not to mention not always delivering on what they promise (see Scott Pilgrim), and being complete snowflakes when it comes to criticism.
Enjoyed it on Xbox so will probably pick it up when releases. Thq has done a good job of supporting the switch
This seems very strange. The game was pretty universally panned—Metacritic shows a 64/100 critic score and 6.6/10 user score for the PS4 version.
So how are they going to sell enough copies to recoup the investment in a Switch port?
@mattesdude it won’t be. It’ll be like $39.99.
Uh...no thanks this game is average at best
Actually looks more interesting and unique than most games released these days. Darksiders 3 also had low Metacritic scores, but it's actually one of my favourite games of the last 10 years or so (game's just fun and cool imo - ok the last 25% is a bit of a let down I admit)
@rmswriter That’s msrp on psn and Xbox. I can handle that…or even better when it hits a sale. I was worried about it being released as $59.99.
Got it on Plus last year, on ps5, played it for a few hours. Dull. Deleted it after a couple of months when we realised none of us were ever likely to play it again.
@mattesdude I doubt it will be $59.99. That’s way too high for an underachieving game like Biomutant. I can name several games on Switch that are $40 and are WAY better. Metroid Prime Remastered comes to mind.
I have known about this game for quite a while. Something about it just doesn't interest me, and I don't have particularly high hopes for the Nintendo Switch port.
When I had a PS5, I waited for that version. It was very mid. If anyone was waiting for this and only has a Switch, I hope it is a good port. But again, very mid game. I was whelmed at best.
Depends how it runs?
I enjoyed it on the PS4 although the narrator got a bit too much.
Wasn’t expecting that. Still haven’t tried the game but it’s one I’d like to have a go with
I enjoyed this on the Steam Deck although I didn't finish it. Glad more people will get to play it.
@rmswriter true, but you can use that argument on most $60 games
Unfortunatel…or maybe fortunately, a game’s price isn’t based on how good it is. And it wouldn’t be the first port that came to Switch with a higher price point than what it already fell to on other platforms. And then of course you also have the so-called Switch tax.
Played it and managed to get to the ending, despite the game's best attempts to make me quit.
Really mediocre game with some of the most cringe dialogue in the gaming industry. Save your money for something else!
@riki_sidekicks How have we gotten to the point where 6.6/10 as an average is “universally panned”?
@StarPoint because people also enjoy games that not necessarily score great. I had a blast with this game, the world, gameplay and characters were fantastic!
I’m actually looking forward to trying this, if the port is good. My laptop just can’t really handle the game so a switch port that looks halfway decent would be nice, and well, open world games are my comfort zone, so I think even if it’s a bit dull it might be relaxing, who knows.
I enjoyed parts of the game and don't mind THQ games. But I played this on Xbox One X and it had rough load times played well enough but I played it later after a family member played it at launch. So Switch yeah good luck whoever is porting it.
I enjoy some of it's ideas like the gases the way No Man Sky does extreme planets I liked the immunity angle. I didn't mind the combat. The vehicles were fun. The world and outposts and so on was yeah done before not that exciting. I haven't played much of it though a few hours but that's it even the relationship system with the tribes is fine the backstories are fine but not that exciting.
I care about Sunset Overdrive and Gravity Rush because of their movesets and their missions, characters and worlds are fine sure I like them as more platformer focused open worlds (even tower defence is sunset overdrive was really fun) but still. I only liked a few in Spiderman 2018 anyways very very few in that game I enjoyed specifically the laser grid one with the lasers above and below and the radar dish one, that and the puzzles in doc ock's lab and a few taskmaster ones the rest felt like a more trendy less appealing open world hence I liked their older more experimental open world not their licensed more trendy one from the same dev.
I also think it's animal use for story then mechanics was disappointing. The animals in Biomutant fit the world but they aren't any different then humans other than running on all 4s, talking in different languages which i did also like. I'm fine with a narrator/translator for this animal apocalypse world thanks but otherwise they are really basic. How we go from animal mascots in the 90s/2000s to the most generic animals even if mutants is just sad where is the creativity here.
The fact I can come up with oh a water creature to make water travel available from the start, a bat/flight creature also (probably others) as a way to go about the navigation before the glider, before the jetski is more exciting saddens me I can come up with a better idea then the devs. But I play platformers with animals and think that Space Station Silicon Valley, Gex or Chameleon Twist used their 'animals' way better then Biomutant and from games made 20 years ago on N64. The animals with guns, with vine swinging that doesn't play well (it was N64 some are rough), the animals with flight to pick up penguins, to zip across gaps, to sneak past dogs but as a sheep get attacked, with a tongue move, with climbing moves, all good animal mechanics and dynamics for the AI to react to the player and other animals in the environments all far more exciting then Biomutant. It's just disappointing. Sure you get tribes fighting but not that exciting compared to being a mouse not attacked by a dog, a sheep attacked by a dog, what a simple dynamic and puzzle for the player to swap animals based on the situation. Why no disguise mechanic maybe? I know they are different games but like come on why are modern games so disappointing and lacking certain personality in game mechanics.
Either way it wasn't a Darksiders 2 sequel but it wasn't trying to be either (Darksider 3 doesn't count it's a change up all Darksiders games are different so I only care for 1, 2 & Genesis). I hope Atlas Fallen somewhat is as I haven't really gotten anything to get close to what I was looking for in that direction.
It was clearly better for Series X and PS5 even before the patch for both. Switch.... Yeah this game is going to struggle to be ported to Switch unless they really cut it down. The game has appeal but it's while not terrible and I do give THQ and Experiment 101 credit it's got some great ideas and I don't hate the game I don't hate a lot of average games but it was a bit boring after a while.
People hating on this game very likely haven't played it at all.
@veesonic Same. Game looks beautiful on Steam Deck. Don't get the hate for this game tbh but I expect those hating on it haven't even played it at all so nothing new there.
Any time I read about thq nordic I wonder what happened to time splitters.
LOL like this would run well on Switch. I had it on PS4, now PS5... it was not good on PS4. It's passable on PS5. Good luck THQ nordic...
WHAT YEAR IS IT?
@WhiteTrashGuy why are you...a PLAGIARIST?!?
Nah it's fine, happens all the time to me.
@AG_Awesome I know 2 is in Homefront Revolution...
It just comes down to how hard up you are to play TS. Are you Homefront Revolution desparate???
Here's my money! All 2.99 that I'm ready to invest in this.
I played this on ps4 a while back and while I loved the premise, the experience was awful. Graphics were poor, gameplay was bland and story was very generic.
I would advise giving this a hard pass, far better games about to sink your money on.
More games on Switch is never a bad thing, hopefully it will be a good port for those interested (potentially including me at some point in the future, but that's beside the point)!
@Jprhino84 for better or worse, video game ratings are scaled like school grades now. 66 is a D. Technically passing, but still really bad.
@riki_sidekicks But that’s nonsense though. Think what you’ve just written through logically. We’re dealing with a 100-point scale, right? 66/100 is right on the cusp of breaking into the top third of the scale. If that’s “really bad”, the scale is broken.
@Jprhino84 I’m talking about how review outlets and user reviews actually assign scores, not how they should. They way it works in practice, 10 = great, 9 = very good, 8= pretty good, 7 = mediocre, 6 = bad, and 1-5 are practically unused. To go into that range a game has to be not merely bad but also unplayably buggy. (Or the review author hates the game due to some political objection.)
You are raising a legitimate complaint that scores should be assigned differently, but that doesn’t change the fact that as scores work in practice, 66/100 is a pretty bad rating.
Can't wait to get it on sale someday for 10 bones.
Have it on my steamdeck and it doesn't look a run especially great on that. Imagine the horror on switch. 🤷😜😂😂😂
Not a good game at all imo.
This is kind of funny, I remember back in 2018 I wanted this game on Switch like all the other games, because I knew very little about that the console was and wasn't truly capable. It was later clear to me this UE4 game was maybe too demanding.
Then in 2021, before the game released there those 'Switch Pro' rumors making the rounds around the release period of this game, accompanied by listings of the game made it clear this looked like a certain catch for Nintendo players.
And now here we are, still with the Switch and this game is officially coming to it. Missed opportunity aside, this game can still be enjoyable to some degree and the visual quality is truly splendid. It's going to be a very interesting journey to see how they achieved it on Switch (please don't be a cloud version...)
Though, that "late 2023" date kinda makes it look like a future Nintendo hardware game.
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