Little Nightmares developer Tarsier has confirmed that this month’s sequel will be its last game in the series.
The Swedish studio was acquired by Embracer Group in December 2019 and will now focus on creating an original game IP, CEO Andreas Johnsson told IGN.
Since publisher Bandai Namco owns the Little Nightmares franchise, a different studio could take over. In a separate statement, the publisher said it was “energised” to take the series forwards.
Tarsier boss Johnsson said: “For the last 6 years, our mission at Tarsier Studios has been to create mesmerizing worlds. Little Nightmares was our first attempt and was a huge success. I personally love how Little Nightmares has gathered fans around the world over the course of the last 4 years.
“From the fan art, extensive fan theories and genuine reactions, it all has been amazing to witness. Our collaboration with Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe has been extremely satisfying, they listened to our creative vision and took our crazy ideas and ambitions to heart.
He added: “That being said, it is bitter sweet to announce that we are leaving the world of Little Nightmares behind us. Little Nightmares will always be dear to us at the studio.
“Since being acquired by the Embracer Group in December 2019, it is now time for us to embark on a new chapter, create new IPs and explore new worlds. Personally I am very excited to see what our studio creates and counting down the days until we can welcome our fans.”
Asked for comment on what its plans are for the series, a Bandai Namco spokesperson told IGN that it feels “energised to deliver more content in the future.”
In VGC’s Little Nightmares 2 review, critic Jon Bailes called the release, “a cautiously expansive sequel which expertly paces its shocks and creepy atmosphere.”