Gamescom 2019 is full of surprises this year, with plenty of first looks at new games. One of those new titles stars a familiar little girl wearing a now-iconic yellow raincoat. Six is back in Little Nightmares 2, the surprise hit puzzle-platformer horror game from a few years back. This time she won't be alone, however, as a new playable character will aid her in navigating the nightmarish world these poor kids have been thrown into.
As part of the Gamescom Opening Night LIVE press conference, a trailer for Little Nightmares 2 was revealed to audiences. Afterwards, senior narrative designer at Tarsier Studios, Dave Mervik, took the stage to provide further details. According to Mervik, the new character in the trailer is named Mono, and he will be working with Six to survive a place called Signal Tower, which will be at the center of the story. This presumably means the game will have some form of co-op, though it was not explicitly confirmed at the event.
Now outside the Maw, the location of Little Nightmares, there will be a lot of new, outside areas to explore. This will open up the world a bit, but hopefully the sequel can maintain the claustrophobic feel that was a large part of what made the original so terrifying. In addition to a new character, the game is also adding combat, which will allow both Six and Mono to fight back against the evils that pursue them. When asked about combat, Mervik said the characters will be using kitchen utensils, such as the soup ladle seen being wielded in the trailer.
Adding combat is good news for Six and Mono, who will need to use everything at their disposal to face terrifying new enemies like the menacing school teacher that was featured heavily in the trailer. She will likely play a large part in the overall story.
When Little Nightmares released in 2017, there was a lot of buzz surrounding it. The game's orignality and creepy atmosphere captivated audiences and garnered praise from critics. The trailer shows that Little Nightmares 2 will be expanding the game's universe and the horrors that come with it, while also adding plenty of new gameplay elements to keep things fresh and exciting.
Little Nightmares 2 is scheduled to release some time in 2020 for PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC.