Thanks to a muted color palette and the concept of a young, seemingly weak character struggling against a violent world, many drew comparisons to the games from cult-favorite Sony studio Team Ico — comparisons amplified as fans discovered that two of Friend & Foe’s team members had worked on Team Ico’s long-in-development adventure game The Last Guardian.
“A child with an odd ability stuck in a strange land. A dangerous natural environment inhabited by a strange civilization. Vane is an open-world adventure game based on mystery and exploration.”
It’s an easy narrative — Deguchi and co-worker Rui Guerrero used to work on the game. Vane is also a third-person adventure game with a weak-looking main character, and screenshots have shown a muted color palette — all traits of Last Guardian developer Team Ico. Squint and you could mistake one for the other.