Penpal Mutation Update: Telling a story after it's over
If your game focuses on an ensemble cast of recognizable characters and their provincial conflicts and drama, don't be surprised when you hear players asking for more. As Community Manager for mutation, I've seen countless heartfelt requests for Mutation story to continue. Gamers want DLC. They want a sequel. They want a trilogy! From day one, he was always in the works to release an update focusing on the characters and their stories. The Penpal Update does just that, although it might surprise players in just the way it does.
Also in the slogan for mutation ("They can survive an apocalyptic meteor attack, but can they survive their provincial drama?") There's that recognition of the drama and the stakes. Sure, there is one aspect of the conflict that is unsettling, as players unravel the mystery behind the ailing Papu Tree, but most of the game's conflicts are interpersonal. Unrequited love. Personal trauma. Broken family ties. As Kai makes friends, learns secrets, and helps these characters resolve each of those conflicts, our bonds with those characters deepen.
This makes the Penpal Update a bit unique because it's not about conflict or drama. It's not a sequel, it's an epilogue. It does not continue the story of mutationbut rather puts a bow on it. Some players may be a little disappointed with this. There are many plot threads at the end of the game that could result in more conflict, more drama, and more story for Kai to return to the island and resolve. But the focus of the Penpal update is on the other side of that spectrum.
Kai saves Mutation. Without going into specific spoilers, Kai helping the good people of Mutation resolve their conflicts is such an important part of why the game is loved. It's almost like a friendship simulator, where your friends come to you with problems and you help them overcome them. An important part of this process is the after. Not only helping them in that moment, but also seeing the sequel. Seeing how your actions have helped someone in the long run is just as satisfying as the act of helping them in the short term.
The Penpal update is all about the sequel. It doesn't introduce a new villain to beat, a new obstacle to overcome, or a new conflict to manage. It just shows you what happened in the community after Kai left and returned to the mainland. It's been two years since then mutation released and in that moment, Miu, Tung and all the other friends you made continued to live their lives.
So if you're interested in reconnecting with your old friends, upload the new update and let us know what you think in Akupara Games Discord.
MUTATION is an adventure game where the juicy personal drama is just as important as the adventure part of the story.
Explore the community as XNUMX-year-old Kai as she travels to the strange and secretive community of Mutation to care for her ailing grandfather, Grandpa.
Make new friends; vegetable musical gardens; participate in barbecues, musical evenings and boat trips; and embark on a final spiritual journey to save everyone from the strange darkness at the center of it all.