2D-meets-3D cyberpunk game ANNO: Mutationem will release on the PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC on March 17th, developer ThinkingStars and publisher Lightning Games have announced. The game was first unveiled as a PS4 game in 2019 as part of PlayStation’s China Hero Project, and was originally scheduled for release in December 2020 but was delayed twice. The second stemmed from ThinkingStars wanting to release the game on PS5 as well.
What’s ANNO: Mutationem all about?
ANNO: Mutationem is an action-adventure with RPG elements. Players will step into the shoes of Ann Flores, who possesses combat skills and is on a personal mission in a world dominated by mega corporations, fringe groups, and bizarre creatures. According to Community Manager Martho Ghariani, ThinkingStars sought inspiration from classics like Ghost in the Shell.
“We go in blasting with the shady, neon-drenched city of Noctis, full of cyborg entertainers, hologram V-tuber performances, and a sky that is composed of infinite heights and future cityscapes,” Ghariani wrote on the PlayStation Blog. “We also visit the European-style small streets of Margarita where Ann’s sister Nakamura is running the family business.” ANNO: Mutationem has players moonlighting as a bartender for some cash, and Ann will have plenty of outfits to choose from when she’s not donning a battle suit.
“While Ann is on her way trying to find her missing brother, sometimes you just gotta kick back: Wash up, check out a newspaper for local news, get your sidequest on with mysterious megastar idols, or solve the mysterious case of the strangled neighbor,” Ghariani added.
ANNO: Mutationem will get a standard edition as well as deluxe edition. The latter comes with the official soundtrack and an artboook.
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