This year's Gamescom saw the debut of the gameplay trailer for the horror puzzle-platformer, Little Nightmares 2. Surprising no one, it was a big scoop of horrific atmosphere and nail-biting suspense.
Produced in partnership with Tarsier Studios, Little Nightmares 2 follows the story of Mono, a young boy trapped in a world distorted by the humming transmission of a distant Signal Tower. With Six, the girl in a yellow raincoat, together they set out to discover the grim secrets of the world whilst fleeing from the monstrous residents out to capture them.
The trailer does show off more of the stuff Tarsier learned while working on the original game. Simply put, they know a thing or two on atmosphere. The trailer is an audiovisual spectacle of abandoned hospitals, moving severed limbs and doll parts, headless children chasing you through narrow passageways. All of it tailor made to be the stuff of... well, nightmares. Yes, a lot of these elements are played out cliches, but as the saying goes, "ideas are cheap, execution is everything."
I am curious as to how the introduction of a second character will change up gameplay. The official press release didn't explicitly mention any co-op modes, local or online but the gameplay did show puzzles where you work with your new companion. It shows more in-depth physics puzzles as well as intense stealth sections where you try to sneak past monsters and creatures together. The two figures holding hands is a nice touch, a great mix of innocence that juxtaposes nicely between the chase sequences from long-armed business men and entities coming out of television sets.
Little Nightmares 2 is slated to release of February 11, 2021 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. Players who purchase the game on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One will receive upgraded versions for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X at no additional cost.