Two Team ICO developers who have been working on The Last Guardian have left the beleaguered project to start up their own indie studio. Along with three other developers (who have worked on a range of titles such as Battlefield 3, Bionic Commando, and Killzone), the newly formed Friend & Foe is working one a new game called Vane.
Vane certainly looks like the brainchild of people who have worked on Team ICO games before. The young boy protagonist instantly calls to mind ICO, and the desolate landscapes shown off in the initial development blog recalls those of Shadow of the Colossus.
“A child with an odd ability stuck in a strange land,” begins the game’s official description, “A dangerous natural environment inhabited by a strange civilization. Vane is an open-world adventure game based on mystery and exploration.”
At present, Friend & Foe have an “early prototype” of Vane up and running. The single-player game will feature numerous puzzle elements along with exploration. Not much else has been revealed aside from a handful of screenshots (with GIF files) which you can find over on the developer blog; link below.
Presently the game is heading to PC with other platforms to be announced in future. As for a release date, Friend & Foe are saying “when it’s done”.