This open-world ad­ven­ture looks pretty much ex­actly like the type of game you’d ex­pect from a de­vel­oper boast­ing a num­ber of ex-Team Ico staffers. It’s an at­mo­spheric, enig­matic and gor­geously des­o­late game in which a boy with the abil­ity to trans­form into a bird ex­plores a stark land­scape from ground and air. Vet­eran pro­ducer Matt Hill says the beauty of be­ing un­shack­led from big-bud­get de­vel­op­ment is that Vane can af­ford to al­low its play­ers the room to dis­cover the se­crets of this strange world with­out any prompt­ing – though he con­cedes that it also rep­re­sents “a non-triv­ial risk of fi­nan­cial ruin”.

De­vel­oper/ pub­lisher Friend & Foe For­mat TBA Ori­gin Ja­pan, Spain, Swe­den, US Release TBA

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