The Ghibli-inspired hide and seek horror hit is back again for a second round of grotesque storytelling. Although the launch trailer dropped a few months ago, we're still scratching chins over what to actually expect from the long-awaited sequel. Unlike many standalone horror titles that work best as one-off games; Little Nightmares has proved to be a franchise well worth expanding on.
Using no immediate jump scares or unnecessary gore to lure the player; Little Nightmares focuses on one thing and executes it perfectly. With little to no survival chances in a dismal world filled with demonic creatures and eerie rooms, Little Nightmares makes feeling vulnerable a genre in itself. Plus, with dreary surroundings and a down-right terrifying ambience; working through every square inch of the grim world can feel only too, well — nightmarish. And, honestly, developer Tarsier Studios managed to capture that fear in ways that not many horror fanatics can even scratch the surface on.
Just a theory…
Little Nightmares left us following the course of Six; the yellow raincoat protagonist with a desperate hunger growling in her stomach. Although fairly open to interpretation, it was pretty clear that gluttony played a major role in the concept of the game. However, there was one character that piqued interest during the first quarter of the game. Between the prison bars of the food hall, there was a boy who threw food to Six. Although silhouetted and without any form of background, it started to emerge that he could very well be our second hero for Little Nightmares 2. Of course, you should take that with a pinch of salt, but it is a theory that many believe to be plausible.
Thankfully, we will be seeing Six return to our screens as an almost sidekick character to the masked player, Mono. Hand in hand, they will be wading through countless new creepy worlds and evading horrifying encounters with the creatures that roam them. Again, bringing stealth into the mix as done before; Little Nightmares 2 aims to keep players biting nails and anticipating every lurking shadow or creaking door. Plus, we can't deny the fact that the second chapter looks even more intense than the last — and we're all desperate to see it.
Little Nightmares 2 will release on February 11th 2021 on Switch, PlayStation 4/5, Xbox One/Series and Windows. You can pre-order the game right now from any major retailer.