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Windswept deserts, 80s buddy cops from ex-Team Ico devs


A group of five game industry veterans, including two former The Last Guardian developers, have founded Friend & Foe, an independent studio in Tokyo. Friend & Foe is working on two games in parallel, Vane and Dangerous Men.

Vane is the more fleshed-out project, complete with a flurry of images and gifs depicting a windswept desert landscape, and a polygonal, shadowy child running alongside ruins, lightning and a freaky weather vane. The child has an "odd ability," Friend & Foe says:

"Vane is a single-player game being developed by a few ex-members of The Last Guardian team. The game focuses on unraveling the mysteries of an unknown land via exploration, puzzle-solving and other features yet to be revealed, in an atmospheric and powerful setting."

Dangerous Men takes a different tack – it's an action-arcade game based on 1980s buddy-cop movies. Vane is due out for PC first with other platforms to follow, and Dangerous Men doesn't have any specified platforms. Each is due out "when it's done."

Friend & Foe is composed of Ivar Dahlberg, Rasmus Deguchi, Rui Guerreiro, Thomas Lilja and Victor Santaquiteria. Deguchi and Guerreiro are the former Team Ico duo, while the rest have a rich history in AAA game development, including work on Bionic Commando, Battlefield 3 and Killzone.
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