Just When We Thought This Franchise Couldn’t Get Any Creepier
You know what’s unsettling? Horror games. You know what’s even more unsettling? Children in horror games. There’s something about seeing those huge eyes and round little faces wandering into danger–or worse, wandering around being danger–that just gets under our skin. Even if you don’t have a particularly strong inclination towards parenting, it’s incredibly stressful to see kids getting hurt. Or hurting others. This brings us to Little Nightmares II, the sequel to a game wherein the very young, very small player character was often in danger of being eaten alive by grotesque, Jabba the Hutt-esque parodies of ravenous adulthood. We didn’t think the imagery could get any worse than that! We were very wrong. If you don’t believe us, just take a look at this creepy launch trailer. We hope you don’t mind distorted static noises.
The trailer follows two young children, one of whom wears a yellow raincoat and the other of whom wears a bag over his head, as they cooperate to explore a dark and ominous world much bigger than they are. All the while, they’re being stalked by enormous, terrifying figures. The press release describes Little Nightmares II as “a thrilling, suspense-adventure that follows the story of Mono, a young boy trapped in a world distorted by the humming transmission of a distant Signal Tower. Together with Six, the girl in a yellow raincoat, he sets out to discover the grim secrets of the world whilst fleeing from the monstrous residents out to capture him.”
“We’re thrilled to invite fans new and old to Pale City, where they’ll be met with menacing characters, unsettling encounters, and more unspeakable horrors,” said Angela Chen, Brand Marketing Associate at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. Believe us, we’re thrilled to be seeing the terrors the team has been putting together.
Little Nightmares II is now available on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia, and PC. It will be available for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S|X later this year, with a free upgrade for owners of the PS4 or Xbox One version.