Former Last Guardian and Killzone staffers open Friend & Foe studio, first games announced
posted on 06.23.14 at 09:09 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Introducing Vane and Dangerous Men.


A group of five artists and programmers, who’ve previously worked on triple-A titles like The Last Guardian, Battlefield 3, and Killzone, have opened a new development studio called Friend & Foe in Tokyo.

The developer is currently working on its first two projects, Vane and Dangerous Men.

Vane is an open-world adventure game based on mystery and exploration coming first to PC, and “others TBA,” developed by “a few ex-members of The Last Guardian team.” It follows a young boy with an “odd ability” stuck in a dangerous land inhabited by a strange civilization. It focuses on unraveling the mysteries of an unknown land via “exploration, puzzle-solving,” and other to be announced features.

Dangerous Men is described as an action arcade game based on 80s buddy cop movies, featuring a “city-wide explosionfest” as detectives Mendoza and InsertNameHere “literally jump from explosion to explosion to clear the city of the Punk Gang menace.” Its platforms are to be announced.

Release dates for both games are “when it’s done.”

View the first screenshots of Vane at the gallery, and some GIFs here.

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  • 武神水樹

    Since when did the Last Guardian lose staff, argh

    • Karysonson

      Since when did it have staff?

      • CosmicNova

        Yeah this^^ lol

  • Six


    Ueda needs to start an indie studio as well once he is done with The Last Guardian.

    • Solomon_Kano

      With as long as that’s taking, Ueda probably needs to take a long ass vacation if and when TLG is done.

      • Six


        Then he should start an indie studio.

        • RyoonZ

          Or enjoy his life.

      • TetsuyaHikari

        That man needs to go fishing for a year, then come back and get this done.

        • Solomon_Kano

          He needs something. Whatever’s been going on these last several years isn’t cutting it, apparently.

      • RyoonZ

        That’s implying he hasn’t done that already.

        Joking aside, I’m pretty sure he didn’t do much these days, he said creative work for TLG has already finished. I’d think that it’s more of Japan Studio problem with TLG than his.

        • Solomon_Kano

          Yea. Most likely, this time was due to technical issues, which would be beyond his influence. Still, he’s stuck around there until the things done, so I’d take that vacation anyway.

  • TetsuyaHikari

    Let’s hope these actually release.

    • Solomon_Kano

      Indeed. Though it would be kinda funny if they don’t. “Ex-vaporware staff leave to make more vaporware.”

  • Solomon_Kano

    Vane makes me think of a darker Journey. I can dig it.

    Dangerous Men sounds pretty slick as well.

  • ShadowFang

    A lot of Sony teams have worked on Last Guardian by now – like Sony Santa Monica. So I wonder what exactly is meant by that? Considering that the other members hail from the UK, it’s probably all ex-Sony Cambridge guys and/or gals. Then again, it is a Tokyo based studio. Very curious.

    This sounds intriguing though. Definitely gonna keep an eye on it!

  • Mika Moreno

    I really like the way Vane sounds! I’ll keep my eye on it, the other sounds pretty cool too.

  • Kurisu Makise

    You have my interest Friend and Foe, these are in genres suited to my taste. Also I love the diversity here, it’s like a multi-national team, gathered in Tokyo. I can totally dig that.

  • Slickyslacker

    Ahaha, they’re giving us the John Carmack treatment…”when it’s done.”

    Vane sounds incredible.

    Maybe Dangerous Men will be neo-Policenauts.

  • PhoenixAutomatic~♪(๑ᴖ◡ᴖ๑)♪~

    Impressive. Would like to see both titles developed.

  • Lara Croft

    These are 2 freelance artists that worked on TLG from 2009 to 2012. Others from Killzone and BF3. So, don’t worry about TLG.

  • jujubee88

    Nice filter effect(s) and good, simple art. Hopefully the gameplay is good!

  • Zefhar

    Did they say “city-wide explosionfest”? COUNT ME IN!!

    Also, love the use of that name placeholder.

  • MasterSensei

    Vane is basically ICO from the description…

  • Learii

    I like to see their ps4 games?