It’s time for a vibe test
Through the years, Tarsier Studios has turn out to be a type of predictably unpredictable recreation makers that I’m at all times desperate to test in on. The Malmö, Sweden-based studio has been quiet since wrapping up Little Nightmares II for Bandai Namco (which can or could not proceed the collection elsewhere, given all of its success), however we’re anticipating new IPs.
This week on Twitter, Tarsier Studios shared a brand new teaser video with a coy message: “We’ve been busy.” Presumably, it’s a vibe test for the following massive recreation concept.
We’ve been busy. pic.twitter.com/Geb4jk0Chn
— Tarsier Studios (@TarsierStudios) Could 24, 2022
Whereas I’m not precisely certain the way to classify the blink-and-you’ll-miss-’em clips, the visible ideas are darkish and intriguing in a really Tarsier means. I’m sticking with the “Horror” tag for this text, and we’ll should test again sometime to see if that was apt.
Value reiterating: Bandai Namco owns the Little Nightmares IP, not Tarsier
Just lately, Tarsier Studios posted a list for a lead recreation designer position, and there’s slightly extra context about what’s in retailer and what their objectives are. Within the job itemizing, the “mid-size” studio mentioned it was at the moment “within the course of of making two new video games.”
“At this second in time, we aren’t able to say what the video games are or what style they are going to be in. HOWEVER what we are able to let you know is that requirements are extremely excessive and promise that you’ll be making world class video games.
“We need to consider within the worlds we create. Our video games ought to really feel genuine, fearless, imaginative, and memorable; forging a connection between the participant and the sport that leaves a long-lasting impression … or a everlasting scar. We try this by marrying artistically mesmerizing worlds, tales and characters that you just relate to with mechanics that amplifies the supposed emotion and tales we need to inform. Worlds that you just’ve by no means skilled earlier than but care about and get affected by.”
Different job postings on the studio’s web site reference a “new franchise following within the footsteps of award-winning Little Nightmares.”
For those who missed it, Embracer Group (which owns a lot) picked up Tarsier Studios in 2019. Usually, I hope Tarsier can proceed to do its factor for a few years, and that Bandai Namco can faucet one other studio to doubtlessly proceed the Little Nightmares collection.
New entries from completely different creators is usually a dicey prospect, however I’m not outright against the concept if there’s a superb match. Whether or not it’s an entire new idea or a non secular sequel sorta deal, both means, I’ll take extra spooky adventures any likelihood I can get.