Little Nightmares 3: Release Date, Updated Info, and Rumors in 2023
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We will discuss about the release date, updated information, and exclusive rumors of Little Nightmares 3.
In 2017, the indie gaming world was introduced to a terrifying new series from Tarsier Studios called Little Nightmares. It introduced players to a world where children face their fears at almost every turn and must fight through the nightmarish adventure or risk becoming a snack for a giant monster.
Little Nightmares Overview
The story is relatively simple, however. It follows a girl named Six who finds herself trapped in a terrifying monster “restaurant” called The Maw. As she progresses through the environmental puzzles, she must run or sneak between different oversized monsters that keep The Maw in business: “The Janitor,” “Twin Chefs,” and “The Lady.” Meanwhile, Six undergoes a behavioral transformation and makes increasingly questionable decisions throughout the story.
The game was met with critical acclaim and received a sequel (technically a prequel) in 2020 with the release of Little Nightmares II. It expanded on the lore of the nameless spooky world and introduced fans to new monsters, locations, and a new protagonist, Monkey. Not only that, but the sequel took a closer look at Six’s psychology through subtle actions and, shall we say, more questionable decisions. Other media were also released, including a mobile game installment called Very Little Nightmares and a series of comics.
However, one of the best parts of the Little Nightmares series lies not only in its art style, spooky atmosphere, dark and bold color palette or tone but in its ambiguous story and ending. The many fan theories about what goes on in the games keep the series alive and popular even now and what this could mean. The ambiguity certainly leaves room for Little Nightmares 3, but will it ever happen?
Little Nightmares 3: the Inside Story
To the dismay of fans, Tarsier Studios is no more, having been acquired by parent company Embracer Group. The original developers of Little Nightmares have also mentioned that they are done with the series. Naturally, this means there’s no hope for a Little Nightmares 3, right? Not necessarily.
In February of last year, a lot of news and rumors circulated on the internet about the development status of Little Nightmares 3. It turned out to be quite encouraging and a bit confusing. Speaking to IGN, Tarsier CEO Andreas Johnsson clarified the rumors surrounding the release of Little Nightmares 3, thanking fans for their support and enthusiasm for the series but also saying that “it’s bittersweet to announce that we’re leaving the world behind.” Little Nightmares.” He also stated that they are ready to move to “new IPs and explore new worlds.”
Little Nightmares 3 without Tarsier Studios
The encouragement comes from the little details in Bandai Namco’s statement to IGN. The publisher mentioned that the series could continue without the involvement of Tarsier Studios. They also stated that “nothing is planned, but we received so much love from fans worldwide with the release of Little Nightmares 2, we feel energized to deliver more content in the future.” As of this writing, there hasn’t been an official announcement yet; however, there have been more interesting Little Nightmares occurrences in video games.
Last December, Bandai Namco offered a job as a global brand manager for the franchise. It was suspected that the opening was necessary due to the sales success of Little Nightmares 2, but that’s not all. Brand managers around the world also help with game development. This means only one thing: Little Nightmares 3 is possibly already in development.
It’s now the start of 2022, and while Bandai Namco has kept quiet about the continuation of the Little Nightmares franchise, the rest of the year may offer surprises of its own. Who knows, we might have Little Nightmares 3 before the end of the year.
What Will Little Nightmares 3 Be About?
With the Little Nightmares 3 release date possibly on the horizon, fans have been speculating about the story. It could be a continuation of Six’s story from the first Little Nightmares because the game ended on a rather exciting cliffhanger note. I’d be happy to see where Six goes next and what other horrors await him, especially with his transformation at the end.
Another possibility could be the continuation of the Mono story. He was the main protagonist of Little Nightmares 2. Perhaps Mono’s origin story could be the next step. It would be pretty different from what has already been released in the loop.
A third possibility for a Little Nightmares 3 story is Six’s origin. We don’t know what happened to Six before “The Hunter” captured her, and it would be great to have more details on why she became so attached to that music box.
Either way, if Bandai Namco continues with another game in the series, it’ll be a delight to revisit the mysterious yet enchanting universe of Little Nightmares once more.