Over two years ago Tarsier Studios, the Swedish team behind LittleBigPlanet Vita, unveiled a spooky platforming adventure called Hunger. It received a glorious teaser trailer last year and now Bandai Namco has picked it up under the new name Little Nightmares.
The eye-catching title follows the exploits of a little girl in a yellow raincoat who has been captured by monsters and placed onboard a horrific vessel called The Maw where creatures are trying to eat her.
As you can see in the following trailer, Little Nightmare’s eye-catching aesthetic is less LittleBigPlanet and more like the inspiring offspring of Jean-Pierre Jeunet (The City of Lost Children, Delicatessen) and Playdead (Limbo, Inside).
We’d also recommend checking out a longer trailer of an earlier cut of Little Nightmares from back when it was called Hunger.
“Little Nightmares symbolises the evolution of our strategy to further strengthen the company portfolio with titles developed from all over the world,” said Bandai Namco VP of marketing and digital Herv Hoerdt. “As we continue to explore new ways to experience our IPs, we couldn’t have found a better partner than Tarsier Studios to fulfill this vision and we’re extremely proud to show their incredible talent to the world by publishing their first in-house project.”
“We are so thrilled to work together with Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe, a company that takes great pride in their work and goes that extra mile to create amazing game experiences,” added Tarsier Studios deputy CEO Andreas Johnsson. “From day one we’ve felt their passion and drive to help make Little Nightmares everything it can be”.
Last we checked, this game was confirmed for PS4, though the developer teased it as coming to “consoles and PC”. It’s unclear what the current plans are since Bandai Namco has backed it, but the publisher said it’s planning to reveal more next week at Gamescom.