Inside, in my opinion, is one of the pinnacles of indie games. It’s unique, tells a fantastic, engaging story, looks great, plays well and is very, very clever. It’s because of this, that it’s never a surprise to see Playdead’s classic inspire other titles, and that’s exactly the case with upcoming title Planet of Lana.
Featured during the Day of the Dev’s 10th-anniversary livestream, as part of Summer Game Fest, Planet of Lana draws inspiration from Inside, as well as giving off vibes from other indie darlings like Little Nightmares.
Caped in mystery, Planet of Lana sees your sister getting kidnapped by a robotic army on “a planet that used to be a place of undisturbed balance between human, nature, and animal” and it’s your job to side-scroll, solve puzzles and survive long enough to rescue her.
Along the way, you meet an usual companion, MUI. A companion who is described as being intelligent and loyal and who can help you along your journey. This small creature can help you solve puzzles, reach areas you wouldn’t normally be able to and control some of the wildlife on this mysterious planet.
While inspired by the likes of Inside and Little Nightmares, Planet of Lana is described as being “less bleak” than those that came before it and it tells an “engaging story” about companionship.
The title will be the first game from Sweden-based game studio, Wishfully, and it’s already shaping up to be one of the most anticipated indie titles of the year.
Planet of Lana and its hand-painted art will be hitting Xbox and PC later this year. You can find out more about the game at planetoflana.com. You can also add the game wishlist to your wishlist right now on Steam.