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While Tarsier Studios is a developer founded in 2004 and has supported multiple major property projects such as Little Big Planet and Tearaway, the studio became best known for its work on LITTLE NIGHTMARES. The IP debuted in 2017 and has achieved very good results; however, Tarsier Studios has just revealed that it will stop working on the series.
In an official statement that the Swedish developer sent to IGN, the head of Tarsier Studios, Andreas Johnson, made it clear that it will not develop more games in the series. The manager commented that the collaboration with Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe has been “satisfactory”, so he considers it bittersweet to announce that they will leave the world of LITTLE NIGHTMARES behind.
“(…) It is time to embark on a new chapter, create new IPs and explore new worlds. Personally, I am very excited to see what our studio believes and I am counting the days until we can welcome our fans, “said Johnson.
Tarsier Studios will focus on new projects
This confirmation comes after Lars Wingefors, CEO of Embracer, mentioned in an interview with IGN that Tarsier Studios would be working on developing new franchises. Recall that the giant entertainment company bought the developer in December 2019.
The manager said he was happy with the success of LITTLE NIGHTMARES, a property that the studio created, but which belongs to Bandai Namco, which is also responsible for its publication, so it would not have a “significant commercial impact” for them. Therefore, it is normal that Embracer thinks it more convenient that the studio produces new IPs that belong to the company.
“But I am super excited that they have made such a game again, because the first game was very well received and this game looks [que fue] well received too. Now, having created that game, they will go on to create new IPs, and I’m super excited, and that was the main reason we made this acquisition just over 1 year ago, ”Wingefors commented.
In case you missed it: LITTLE NIGHTMARES II debuted with a great collector’s edition.
What will happen to LITTLE NIGHTMARES?
This, however, does not mean that the terror IP will cease to exist, but that it will continue to belong to Bandai Namco. If you are a fan of this series, you should not worry about its future, as a Bandai Namco spokesperson confirmed to IGN that “they feel motivated to offer more content [para la IP] in the future”.
It is important to mention that, although the LITTLE NIGHTMARES franchise became known thanks to the work that Tarsier Studios did in the 2 main installments of the series, Bandai Namco has already worked with another developer to launch a title of this IP, VERY LITTLE NIGHTMARES , which is available on mobile phones and was in charge of the indie developer Alike Studio.
Did you expect Tarsier Studios to continue with the development of the LITTLE NIGHTMARES series? Tell us in the comments.
LITTLE NIGHTMARES II is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Enhanced versions for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X | S are expected to arrive later this year; in the meantime, you should be able to play the title on these consoles via backward compatibility.
If you want to know more about this title, we invite you to check its file or consult our written review.
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