Tarsier Studios’ second mainline Little Nightmares game has a lot of folks excited for good reason. The latest game is grander in scale, more complex in design, and boasts more of the engrossing atmosphere and environment story-telling that has elevated this unique franchise to dizzying heights ever since it burst onto the scene in 2011. But is Little Nightmares 2 a prequel or a sequel? Here’s what you need to know.
First things first, if you’re seeking to discover whether it is necessary to have played the original game in order to understand the story of Little Nightmares 2, rest assured that either can be enjoyed as a standalone experience.
Is Little Nightmares 2 a Prequel or Sequel? What You Need to Know
Warning: Story spoilers ahead. Do not read on unless you want Little Nightmares 2’s secret ending spoiled.
Many fans have long assumed that Little Nightmares 2 is a sequel title. After all, it was never really marketed as anything else, and the fact that it features Six, the same protagonist from the first game, insinuates it’s a continuation of that story.
But for those who played the first game, one lingering question threw that notion into doubt: Why does Six not appear to have her magical powers that she inherited from The Lady at the end of the first game?
This was a question Twinfinite (unsuccessfully) attempted to have answered when it sat down with Little Nightmares 2 producer Lucas Roussel in the lead-up to the game’s launch. When asked about the relationship between the first and second game
“I cannot reveal too much about that without spoiling the story. So it’s a bit of a tricky question to answer. What I can say is if you play only Little Nightmares 2 straight through, you might not get all the answers you want. But if you try to dig more you might be able to get something that will connect the two and then make a link that you’re looking for.”
While Roussel didn’t want to expand for obvious reasons, he alludes to something interesting: a link between the two games that only those who really “dig” will find.
As it turns out, Roussel is probably alluding to Little Nightmares 2’s secret ending, which seems to insinuate that the second game is actually a prequel.
Why? Well, there’s a scene in which a glitched version of Six can be seen pointing to a poster of The Maw from the first game, perhaps suggesting this is where Six will travel to next.
Of course, this is speculative and shouldn’t be considered explicit confirmation, but we’d wager that’s what is going on here.
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