It’s official – Planet of Lana might be playable for the primary time at gamescom 2022! Myself and the crew at Wishfully Studios have been tremendous busy making ready this playable demo for the present. With that in thoughts, I wished to present Xbox followers somewhat style of what’s to come back and spotlight a number of the key components and gameplay mechanics that we’ll be debuting subsequent week. Earlier than we get into that, we do have one other announcement to make: Planet of Lana might be launching in Spring 2023.
We initially deliberate for Planet of Lana to launch this 12 months, nevertheless as growth has progressed all through 2022, we realized that in an effort to meet our requirements, we’d like somewhat extra time to get Planet of Lana proper and guarantee it lives as much as the imaginative and prescient now we have offered for it up to now. We additionally assume that we owe this to you, the gamers, to not compromise this expertise simply to fulfill a date. We predict the additional few months wait might be price it and we thanks on your persistence and understanding. Delaying a recreation isn’t a straightforward name to make, however with all of the assist now we have obtained up to now, we hope to make everybody completely happy when it launches. On a brighter observe, we’re additionally extraordinarily excited to lastly announce that Planet of Lana can even be accessible day one with Xbox Recreation Cross and PC Recreation Cross, so anybody subscribed to these companies or to Recreation Cross Final will have the ability to play our off-earth odyssey as quickly as it’s prepared. To assist tide you over, now we have ready a model new trailer to rejoice our new launch timeframe and the Recreation Cross information – test it out!
Okay, with the housekeeping out of the best way, let’s speak concerning the recreation! Planet of Lana is about on the planet Novo. The story begins as a hostile robotic military descends onto this lush haven, and Lana, a younger lady native to the planet, is caught up within the invasion together with her sister. As they try and flee, Lana’s sister is caught by the attackers. With no different possibility, Lana heads for security. Alone and afraid, she finds herself on the mercy of the hostile Novo wilderness. Nevertheless, she quickly meets Mui, a cute cat-like creature who consoles her and so they shortly befriend one another. Strengthened by this sudden present of companionship, Lana embarks on a journey throughout her world to search out and save her sister and unravel the mysterious origin of the mechanical invaders, with Mui at her facet.
The primary biome in Planet of Lana is full of lush forests, expansive fields of grass, rocky cliff sides and some cavernous areas dug deep into the stone. Throughout their time on this space, Lana and Mui will start to get to know each other. Our gameplay potentialities develop as their relationship does, permitting Lana to direct Mui to sure areas, or to perform duties Lana can not. Not solely will the pair be traversing this panorama and determining environmental puzzles collectively, however they can even must navigate some tense encounters with the robotic invaders. In these circumstances, hiding within the shadows or crouching in tall grass will preserve Lana and Mui hidden from the robotic sensors. Holding down the LT set off will get Lana to crouch, the place she is going to transfer slowly and quietly, whereas additionally robotically hiding in tall grass.
So, how do you information Mui throughout the sport? She is going to naturally comply with you, however there are additionally instructions you can provide her. She might seem like a cat, however you possibly can consider Mui’s behaviour nearer to that of a canine. You’ll be able to ask her to remain in place, to comply with you, and it’s also possible to direct her to explicit locations. The keep and comply with instructions are each mapped to the B button in your Xbox controller. A faucet will make Mui keep in a single spot, whereas holding the button down will get her to comply with you.
Mui is rather a lot smaller than Lana, so there are locations she will crawl into that Lana can not. Mui can also be actually nimble, so she will even leap throughout giant gaps or as much as excessive locations with ease. When directing Mui to a particular level, holding down the RT set off will carry up an on-screen UI that indicators the place you might be pointing to within the recreation world. You’ll be able to transfer it round freely with the analogue stick and it’ll additionally neatly snap to explicit factors of curiosity, too. After you have chosen a spot for Mui to get to, merely press the A button and she is going to sprint over there.
There are occasions the place Lana and Mui might be briefly separated whereas determining a specific puzzle. Chances are you’ll want to move onward in an effort to transfer one thing blocking Mui’s path, or Mui might must preserve a button held down someplace which opens a door or hatch containing one thing you want. You’ll usually have these mini environmental puzzles the place Lana and Mui are in other places, utilizing their talents in an effort to progress to the subsequent a part of the sport. When this occurs an animated icon dynamically pops up, exhibiting you which of them route Mui is situated in and what her standing is. For instance, if she is sitting or transferring in direction of you.
What’s one thing else canine and cats do? Chunk, after all! There are occasions the place Lana will want Mui to make use of her tooth to chew by way of bits of rope or different supplies. When there’s a contextual motion that Mui can carry out, a immediate to press Y button will dynamically pop up. Mui might chew by way of some rope, push objects right down to you, or different comparable actions. On this instance from the demo, she will chew by way of the rope that’s holding up a drawbridge.
These examples are only a few of the eventualities you’ll find throughout your journey by way of Novo with Lana and Mui. As your journey progresses and their relationship grows, new talents might be accessible to each characters. Your odyssey can even take you throughout the various and delightful panorama of this wondrous planet, from the plush inexperienced hills you’ve seen right here at the moment, to the deep blue expanse of the ocean, swamps, previous forgotten shipwrecks and at last into the golden sands of the desert lands. What surprises lie in retailer for our dynamic duo? We’ll be sharing a number of extra secrets and techniques subsequent week at gamescom, the place you possibly can play the demo for your self. For individuals who can’t make it, catch us dwell on the Xbox gamescom 2022 Stage on August twenty fifth for an prolonged have a look at the demo, the place we’ll share much more particulars about Planet of Lana.
Due to everybody who has been supporting us since we debuted our off-world odyssey at Summer season Recreation Fest in 2020 and we will’t wait to share our first gameplay demo at gamescom subsequent week!