Rags to riches


Over the past year,

Vane’s hero­ine has trans­formed in yet an­other sense: once a scruffy urchin, she’s now al­most re­gal, clad in flow­ing rib­bons rem­i­nis­cent of

Jour­ney’s trav­ellers. “We had cer­tain emo­tions that we wanted to por­tray,” Dahlberg says. “We were not re­ally happy with how the pre­vi­ous one was hit­ting those, so we re­vised it. And we also in­cor­po­rated some colour, which re­ally helps in our darker en­vi­ron­ments.” Deguchi laughs: “It’s still mostly black on black, but we added some blue!” Even the bird form ap­pears to sparkle more, we note, and the aes­thetic feels more whim­si­cal. “When we first had it on pa­per, I imag­ine if you saw the script you would have been like, ‘This is very much a fairy­tale’,” Smith says. “And now the whole game has sort of come to­gether, that na­ture is just a lit­tle bit more ap­par­ent.”

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