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Little Nightmares dev finished with series, Bandai Namco “energised to release more content in future”

If you’ve played Little Nightmares or Little Nightmares II, you’ll know two things: it’s pretty creepy and that it’s a fantastic series with both games scoring well amongst critics and fans alike. Well, Tarsier Studios, the developer that made the games, has confirmed to IGN that they’re finished with the series and their efforts will be geared towards new IP going forward. It’s not all doom and gloom though, as Bandai Namco has shown interest in carrying on the series in some way saying “We have nothing to announce at this moment, but since we received so much love from fans all around the world with the release of Little Nightmares 2, we feel energised to deliver more content in the future.”

Bandai Namco owns the Little Nightmares franchise so it’s easily possible for them to assign the future of the series to another developer; who that could be is anyone’s guess at the moment, but it’s exciting to know that the publisher isn’t quite done with the story yet. Here’s hoping we get spin-off games or DLC at a later date.

Speaking to IGN, CEO of Tarsier Studios, Andreas Johnsson, explained the situation and highlighted their love and dedication to Little Nightmares:

“For the last 6 years, our mission at Tarsier Studios has been to create mesmerizing worlds. Little Nightmares was our first attempt and was a huge success. I personally love how Little Nightmares has gathered fans around the world over the course of the last 4 years. From the fan art, extensive fan theories and genuine reactions, it all has been amazing to witness. Our collaboration with Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe has been extremely satisfying, they listened to our creative vision and took our crazy ideas and ambitions to heart.

Embracer Group, Tarsier’s sister company, have a say in what the developer creates. That being said, Andreas went on to hint at what the company will be up to in the future and touches on the acquisition that happened in 2019:

“That being said, it is bitter sweet to announce that we are leaving the world of Little Nightmares behind us. Little Nightmares will always be dear to us at the studio. Since being acquired by the Embracer Group in December 2019, it is now time for us to embark on a new chapter, create new IPs and explore new worlds. Personally I am very excited to see what our studio creates and counting down the days until we can welcome our fans.”

Thanks for the news tip, Jaruck on Twitter!

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4 comments

  1. Andreas Johnson and Tarsier studios are correct. Leave little nightmares and little nightmares as are. Two classics. This is how people end up with the banjo games that were made by Microsoft’s Xbox gaming divisions. Nightmares!

    F=ma.

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  2. I bought Little Nightmares for my grandson and watched him play it all the way through and we both LOVED IT!!! He plays, I just watch 😁. The only downside is, is it’s to short of a game, so at the end, it leaves you wanting so much more. When we saw Little Nightmares ll was coming out, we got very excited. He played the demo and we, of course, LOVED IT!!! but found out that it is way shorter than the first one. We were so disappointed in that we decided NOT to purchase it. 5 hours just isn’t long enough when you spend that much $ on a game. If they come out with more if these and make them longer to get through, then we may consider getting the entire trilogy.

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  3. Did the second one wrap up the story with no cliffhanger ending? If so, maybe they should leave it at just two games. Sometimes less is more. I might feel differently after playing the games myself, though.

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