It’s official – Planet of Lana shall be playable for the primary time at gamescom 2022! Myself and the workforce at Wishfully Studios have been tremendous busy getting ready this playable demo for the present. With that in thoughts, I needed to offer Xbox followers slightly style of what’s to return 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 shall be launching in Spring 2023.
We initially deliberate for Planet of Lana to launch this 12 months, nonetheless as improvement has progressed all through 2022, we realized that to be able to meet our requirements, we’d like slightly extra time to get Planet of Lana proper and guarantee it lives as much as the imaginative and prescient we’ve got offered for it to date. We additionally assume that we owe this to you, the gamers, to not compromise this expertise simply to satisfy a date. We expect the additional few months wait shall be price it and we thanks to your persistence and understanding. Delaying a sport isn’t a simple name to make, however with all of the help we’ve got obtained so far, we hope to make everybody joyful when it launches. On a brighter notice, we’re additionally extraordinarily excited to lastly announce that Planet of Lana may even be obtainable day one with Xbox Recreation Move and PC Recreation Move, so anybody subscribed to these providers or to Recreation Move Final will have the ability 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 Recreation Move information – test it out!
Okay, with the housekeeping out of the way in which, let’s discuss in regards to the sport! 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 together with her sister. As they try to flee, Lana’s sister is caught by the attackers. With no different choice, 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 rapidly 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 potentialities develop as their relationship does, permitting Lana to direct Mui to sure areas, or to perform duties Lana can’t. Not solely will the pair be traversing this panorama and determining environmental puzzles collectively, however they may even 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 is going to transfer slowly and quietly, whereas additionally robotically hiding in tall grass.
So, how do you information Mui throughout the sport? She’s going to naturally comply with you, however there are additionally instructions you can provide her. She could appear like 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 loads smaller than Lana, so there are locations she will be able to crawl into that Lana can’t. Mui can be actually nimble, so she will be able to even bounce throughout massive gaps or as much as excessive locations with ease. When directing Mui to a particular 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 sport 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 is going to sprint over there.
There are occasions the place Lana and Mui shall be briefly separated whereas determining a selected puzzle. You could want to go onward to be able to transfer one thing blocking Mui’s path, or Mui could must hold 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 skills to be able to progress to the following a part of the sport. When this occurs an animated icon dynamically pops up, exhibiting you which ones route Mui is positioned in and what her standing is. For instance, if she is sitting or transferring in the direction of you.
What’s one thing else canines and cats do? Chew, in fact! There are occasions the place Lana will want Mui to make use of her tooth to chew via 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 could chew via some rope, push objects right down to you, or different related actions. On this instance from the demo, she will be able to chew via the rope that’s holding up a drawbridge.
These examples are just some of the eventualities you will see that throughout your journey via Novo with Lana and Mui. As your journey progresses and their relationship grows, new skills shall be obtainable to each characters. Your odyssey may even take you throughout the numerous 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 just a few extra secrets and techniques subsequent week at gamescom, the place you’ll be able to play the demo for your self. For many who can’t make it, catch us stay 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.
Because of everybody who has been supporting us since we debuted our off-world odyssey at Summer time Recreation Fest in 2020 and we are able to’t wait to share our first gameplay demo at gamescom subsequent week!