Playing as a Bird Is a Great Way to Explore an Open World

Being a bird must be nice. When the sky is literally your limit, there are suddenly a lot fewer obstacles to get in your way, which comes in handy when you want to go on an adventure.

While you’ll control multiple forms in Vane, an upcoming exploration game from studio Friend and Foe Games, flying as a bird is surely the most freeing. In a brief demo at PSX, we soared high overhead above a vast desert and dove deep into caverns burrowed through the sand, all with only a single button press.

The control scheme in Vane is simple — one button lets you beat your wings to speed up, and another has you lift your wings to slow down. The only other input will let you “caw” at fellow birds, and beyond that you simply control the direction of your flight. Vane will automatically slow you down as you approach the ground, so don’t worry about any beak-over-butt crash landings.

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