During today’s Summer Game Fest kickoff show, fresh-face indie developer Wishfully and SteamWorld Quest publisher Thunderful joined Geoff Keighley to show their next game, Planet of Lana, which looks absolutely lovely.
Planet of Lana is a “cinematic puzzle-adventure game” that follows a young girl and her guard cat-like companion as they cross a world as lovely as it is dangerous. My first impression is that I would love to play this game on a soft Saturday morning in the spring, preferably near an open window with a few dogs on his lap and a large one within reach. And it does not hurt that the game’s panoramic views are beautiful enough to frame.
This first look at Planet of Lana showcased a game that looks a lot like a more colorful one Limbo or Inde, with side-scrolling exploration that focuses on strategic puzzle solving over full, dramatic combat. The player travels through a variety of beautiful environments, from lush forests to arid deserts and comes into contact with creatures, both biological and synthetic. Even at its most intense Planet of Lana seems like a nice, chill, dare I say downright healthy experience. The Lord knows we need more of them.
“A planet that used to be a place of undisturbed human, nature and animal balance has now become something completely different,” the game official website reads, giving some more context to the adventure that awaits the players. “The disharmony that had been going on for hundreds of years has finally arrived in the form of a faceless army. But this is not a story of war. This is a story about a living, beautiful planet – and the journey to keep it that way. ”
Planet of Lana is scheduled for release on Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S and Steam sometime in 2022.