The next game in the Little Nightmares saga may already be in the early stages of development. According to a job posting for Bandai Namco, there is a job opening for the puzzle-platforming horror game. The listing indicates that Little Nightmares is now a headline IP for the publisher.
Little Nightmares burst onto the gaming scene in 2017 as a cult-classic indie game. The mix of charm and horror, thanks to a unique art style and premise, made the game a must-play for many. Fast forward to 2021 and Little Nightmares 2 reviewed very well as the successful follow-up. The triumph of those first two games has apparently made it so that Bandai Namco would like to see the series turned into a brand.
The position of Worldwide Brand Manager is apparently open right now for Little Nightmares and Bandai Namco. The mid-senior level position has the responsibility of carrying out the brand identity of Little Nightmares through transmedia, merchandise, and games. Little Nightmares 2 had extremely successful sales, and according to the job posting, the series has now sold over 7 million copies to date. It should perhaps come as no surprise to see Bandai Namco wanting to carry on the franchise in a big way.
Along with general marketing responsibilities, the Worldwide Brand Manager needs to team up with the producer to help shape the game’s development, according to the listing. Little Nightmares and Little Nightmares 2 have shipped and are therefore well beyond the development stage, so the fact that the job description points to helping with the game’s development would lead one to assume a possible Little Nightmares 3 could be on the way.
Along with the two mainline games, the mobile title Very Little Nightmares is also available as a puzzle adventure game that does a good job capturing the creepy elements of the series in a smaller and more simplistic package. The games have done well as a blend of a fantastic horror title and a puzzle platformer with heart and charm–all in a non-third-person perspective, which is unique to the horror space. For fans of the series, it should be exciting to learn that there is a good chance that developer Tarsier Studios and Bandai Namco have plans to keep the franchise going for some time. And for those who have not yet played the games, Bandai Namco is likely hoping that additional marketing pushes will help propel the games to even greater heights.