sable

Will it jour­ney to the cen­tre of your heart?

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Shed­works/ Raw Fury

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2020 Any­one still not over thatgame­com­pany’s slight on Xbox-kind back in 2012 when Jour­ney re­leased ex­clu­sively on PS3 might be in for some cathar­sis with Sable. It’s a game about soli­tude and desert ex­plo­ration, and gives the player breath­ing room to take in its vi­su­als with­out show­er­ing them in map mark­ers and voiceovers. There are some def­i­nite sim­i­lar­i­ties, then.

But the par­tic­u­lars of Shed­works’ game do as­sert a dif­fer­ent kind of char­ac­ter. The art style is all about clean lines, ap­par­ently in­spired by French and Bel­gian 20th cen­tury comics and Stu­dio Ghi­bli. And we spied a ve­hi­cle in its E3 2019 re­veal that looks an aw­ful lot like a

Star Wars pod racer. If that’s not worth get­ting a bit of sand be­tween your toes for, what is? The sound­track comes cour­tesy of ethe­real art rocker Ja­pa­nese Break­fast, which is great news for any­one who drinks their fil­ter cof­fee strictly with­out milk be­cause it ru­ins the cherry notes.

ABOVE The desert worlds in Sable re­ally re­mind us of Star Wars.

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