It’s official – Planet of Lana will probably 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 needed to present Xbox followers just a little style of what’s to come back and spotlight among 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 will probably be launching in Spring 2023.
We initially deliberate for Planet of Lana to launch this yr, nonetheless as growth has progressed all through 2022, we realized that with a purpose to meet our requirements, we want just a little extra time to get Planet of Lana proper and guarantee it lives as much as the imaginative and prescient we’ve got introduced for it to date. 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 will probably be price it and we thanks in your persistence and understanding. Delaying a recreation is rarely a straightforward name to make, however with all of the help we’ve got obtained up to now, we hope to make everybody completely happy when it launches. On a brighter word, we’re additionally extraordinarily excited to lastly announce that Planet of Lana may also be accessible day one with Xbox Sport Go and PC Sport Go, so anybody subscribed to these providers or to Sport Go Final will be capable to play our off-earth odyssey as quickly as it’s prepared. To assist tide you over, we’ve got ready a model new trailer to have fun our new launch timeframe and the Sport Go information – test it out!
Okay, with the housekeeping out of the way in which, let’s discuss concerning the recreation! Planet of Lana is ready 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 along 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. Nonetheless, 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 aspect.
The primary biome in Planet of Lana is crammed with 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 prospects broaden 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 may also must navigate some tense encounters with the robotic invaders. In these circumstances, hiding within the shadows or crouching in tall grass will hold Lana and Mui hidden from the robotic sensors. Holding down the LT set off will get Lana to crouch, the place she’s 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 may give her. She might appear to be a cat, however you’ll be able to consider Mui’s behaviour nearer to that of a canine. You possibly can ask her to remain in place, to comply with you, and you can too direct her to specific 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 be able to crawl into that Lana can not. Mui can also be actually nimble, so she will be able to even bounce throughout giant gaps or as much as excessive locations with ease. When directing Mui to a selected level, holding down the RT set off will convey up an on-screen UI that indicators the place you might be pointing to within the recreation world. You possibly can transfer it round freely with the analogue stick and it’ll additionally neatly snap to specific factors of curiosity, too. After you have chosen a spot for Mui to get to, merely press the A button and she’s going to sprint over there.
There are occasions the place Lana and Mui will probably be briefly separated whereas determining a specific puzzle. You might want to go onward with a purpose to transfer one thing blocking Mui’s path, or Mui might have to hold a button held down someplace which opens a door or hatch containing one thing you want. You’ll typically have these mini environmental puzzles the place Lana and Mui are in other places, utilizing their skills with a purpose to progress to the following a part of the sport. When this occurs an animated icon dynamically pops up, exhibiting you which of them course Mui is situated in and what her standing is. For instance, if she is sitting or transferring in the direction of you.
What’s one thing else canine and cats do? Chew, after all! There are occasions the place Lana will want Mui to make use of her enamel 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 related actions. On this instance from the demo, she will be able to chew by way of the rope that’s holding up a drawbridge.
These examples are only a few of the eventualities one can find throughout your journey by way of Novo with Lana and Mui. As your journey progresses and their relationship grows, new skills will probably be accessible to each characters. Your odyssey may also take you throughout the numerous and exquisite panorama of this wondrous planet, from the luxurious inexperienced hills you’ve seen right here in the present day, to the deep blue expanse of the ocean, swamps, outdated forgotten shipwrecks and eventually into the golden sands of the desert lands. What surprises lie in retailer for our dynamic duo? We’ll be sharing a couple of extra secrets and techniques subsequent week at gamescom, the place you’ll be able to 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 take 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 time Sport Fest in 2020 and we are able to’t wait to share our first gameplay demo at gamescom subsequent week!