Developer Tarsier Studios recently released co-op horror game Little Nightmares II for Nintendo Switch and other platforms, and it received a fantastic critical reception, including from us. It took everything that worked from the original game and just kept rolling with it, creating something greater and perhaps even creepier. However, Tarsier Studios was acquired by Embracer Group in late 2019, while it was making Little Nightmares II for publisher and Little Nightmares IP owner Bandai Namco. As such, with the sequel’s completion, Tarsier is finished with the franchise and will now focus on creating a new IP under Embracer. However, Bandai Namco may enlist someone else to develop a new game in the Little Nightmares franchise in the future.
Via IGN, a Bandai Namco spokesperson provided the following statement on the matter: “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.”
There are plenty of franchises in the history of gaming that have successfully had the baton passed from one developer to another, as seen with the terrific work Next Level Games has been doing on Luigi’s Mansion for Nintendo. (Although, Next Level Games was recently itself acquired by Nintendo.) If there is ever a Little Nightmares III, hopefully Bandai Namco will find the perfect developer to tackle it.