Community Feedback-Based Biomutant Update in Development


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Developer Experiment 101 have announced an update in the works for Biomutant; implementing community feedback.

The news comes via the game’s official Twitter, declaring the update will come to Windows PC first, then console platforms. Said update aims to have bug fixes and “changes based on community feedback.”

These changes will include “pacing of dialogues, narrator settings, difficulty settings, video settings like depth of field and motion blur, loot and enemy tuning as well as sound and combat.”

Publisher THQ Nordic was more then willing to defend the game against its harshest critics however. As the Twitter account for the game admitted “the [review] scores are all over the map,” THQ Nordic aimed its sights on two different reviews at total odds with one another.

Metacritic stated the game “THQ’s new open-world action/RPG game excels at the former (its world design) but struggles with combat;” while PCGamesN stated the game had “A vibrant art style and fluid combat, hindered by some seriously repetitive open world design.” In response THQ Nordic posted the confused Nick Young meme.

Some felt THQ Nordic were criticizing the reviewers for giving anything but a purely positive review, or that different reviewers would have different opinions. THQ Nordic clarified the latter was exactly the point. “Things that one person might like could be off-putting for others,” THQ Nordic tweeted. “Which is why we recommend watching gameplay or trying it yourself!”

Others realized the intention, and took the comment in good faith. Others, such as Josh Gaming, were glad to see THQ Nordic strike back at what they felt were biased critics. “Why do games journalists hate @THQNordic games? They did the same thing with SpongeBob SquarePants Battle For Bikini Bottom Rehydrated and that was incredible and everything I had hoped for.” 

We also discussed How Reviewer Bias Hurts Gaming in a video; much like how The Last of Us Part 2 was praised by critics but loathed by gamers; and the inverse for SpongeBob. We also discussed how while game reviewing is still important, maybe it is best to move away from an all important single number to determine a game’s worth, especially when the reviewer can be easily made biased.

Whether Experiment 101 will listen to fans or critics in regards to feedback is unknown; but the use of community feedback would suggest the former.

You can find the full rundown on Biomutant (via GamersGate) below.

BIOMUTANT® is an open-world, post-apocalyptic Kung-Fu fable RPG, with a unique martial arts styled combat system allowing you to mix melee, shooting and mutant ability action.

A plague is ruining the land and the Tree-of-Life is bleeding death from its roots. The Tribes stand divided. Explore a world in turmoil and define its fate – will you be its saviour or lead it to an even darker destiny?

Key Features

    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.
    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.
    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!
    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.
    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.
    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.

Biomutant is available now on Windows PC (via GamersGate, Epic Games Store, GOG, Origin, Steam), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and coming soon to PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S. In case you missed it, you can find our review and video review here (we highly recommend it!)

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Ryan was a former Niche Gamer contributor.

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