Vane Trailer Wanders The Lone And Unlevel Sands

In the heat of the action and in the settled dust

Exploring a mysterious desert sounds delightful, especially when it’s as attractive as Vane‘s. The vague information we know about the game (in short: single-player; open world; exploration; ruins galore; giant storms; a magical child; dark forces; mystery; mystery; mystery) and this here new trailer would be enough to have me jolly keen to play it. But also, its makers include two folks who worked on The Last Guardian, that achingly lovely but seemingly lost PlayStation exclusive from Shadow of the Colossus chaps Team Ico. They probably picked up a thing or two about spooky explore-o-tragedies.

Developers Friend & Foe are only hinting at things for now, which is grand. It can be tough, in this line of work, to stay informed and write about a game without unwillingly discovering everything about it. You can follow their dev blog if you like, but it doesn’t seem to get much use. Good, good. I want to explore these crumbling towers and poke at the edges of that giant dust storm as clueless as possible.

Vane will be released “when it’s done,” which sounds like a sensible time to release a game, if you ask me. This week’s new trailer, though, that’s right here, right now:


  1. GameCat says:

    We need more games like this one.

    I’m not sure if I really like that monochrome sandy gray, though. I think it needs some other colours.

    • DanMan says:

      Yeah, some more shades and contrast. Other than that, color me interested.

      • Phasma Felis says:

        I dunno, the “real is brown” aesthetic is overused and justly gets flack for that, but that doesn’t mean it’s automatically bad in all cases. A sand-colored palette makes sense for a game set in desert ruins.

        • GameCat says:

          Yeah, but it wouldn’t hurt to include some other colours. Just simple cranking up the saturation of sky would help.

  2. RagingLion says:

    Want. Very much so.

    This ticks all my boxes.

  3. Monkeh says:

    Now that was one beautifully made trailer!

  4. tigerfort says:

    @Alice: Goth :)

    • Silverchain says:

      Hey, Von quoted Shelley first!

    • Alice O'Connor says:

      In another world where The Sisters didn’t explode, RPS disbanded following an argument over who would write about a game commissioning a Sisters soundtrack. Poor Alec. We never even saw Kieron enter the room, let alone draw that knife.

  5. hbarsquared says:

    Reminds me a lot of Journey, in a very good way.

    • Hex says:

      This was a release announcement for Journey on PC, right?

      Otherwise I’m confused.

  6. Orija says:

    Is that a giant worm chasing the kid or what?

  7. vorador says:

    Yep, that these guys worked in Team Ico shows. I’m getting a Shadow of the Colossus/ICO vibe. Which is not a bad thing at all.

  8. Beard_Arthur says:

    >PLATFORMS: PC first, others TBA

    This is all I needed to see. I’m glad that PC is getting so much love nowadays since the current gen has proved to be quite the bust for new experiences.

    • Geebs says:

      Last Guardian devs + “PC first” + “when it’s done” = actually going to come out on PC2, in a double pack with Half Life 3, immediately before the heat death of the universe.


    This was my thought process as the character leapt off the structure at the end of the video:

    “Oh great, another falling-from-ridiculous-heights-without-taking-any-damage platfor–oooooh, birdy!”

  10. DXN says:

    Yes please.

  11. Viroso says:

    People who worked on last guardian who though?

  12. Black Materia says:

    This looks like quite the journey.

  13. BathroomCitizen says:


  14. JohnnyPanzer says:

    I met a traveller from an antique land,
    Who said: “two vast and trunkless legs of stone
    Stand in the desert … near them, on the sand,
    Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
    And wrinkled lips, and sneer of cold command,
    Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
    Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
    The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
    And on the pedestal these words appear:
    My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings,
    Look on my Works ye Mighty, and despair!
    Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
    Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
    The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

    Oh man, I had to memorize that epic thing for school. So worth it. So good.

  15. padger says:

    I can turn into a bird. Sadly, it’s a chicken.

  16. Scandalon says:

    Oooh, just that first screen gave me a Shadow of the Colossus vibe before I read a single word – me want!

    Watching the video it looks like they may have started to find their own visual style.