In an earnings report from Tarsier Studios as reported by IGN, plans moving forward seem to be on creating new IPs. While this doesn’t mean we won’t see a Little Nightmares 3 in the future, it does mean that it could be a good while before the series dabbles with the idea of becoming a trilogy.
Tarsier To Focus On New IPs Moving Forward
Tarsier Studios is best known for Little Nightmares and Little Nightmares 2, and for good reason, the games are absolutely brilliant. Here at Prima Games, our reviewer gave the game a well-deserved 10/10 score.
With both games garnering a fair amount of success, one would think that Tarsier Studios would have their eyes set on a third game. However, it seems like this may not be the case based on statements made as part of the company’s earnings report.
“After the quarter Tarsier Studios game Little Nightmares 2 was published [by Bandai Namco] and was well received by its audience. Tarsier Studios will, from now on, focus on creating new IPs.”
The language is pretty clear here when it comes to the next project or projects to be developed by Tarsier Studios. The emphasis on “from now on, focus on creating new IPs” indicates that we won’t see a Little Nightmares 3 or Little Nightmares prequel from Tarsier anytime soon.
It’s not that they’ll never be created, but it sounds like Tarsier wants to find success with something new, something different. Something that may also be separate from Bandai Namco, perhaps?
We mention this based on remarks made by Embracer CEO Lars Wingefors with a quote included in IGN’s report reading:
“I’m super thrilled, and I spoke to the CEO of Tarsier the other day, and congratulated him [on] the critical success of Little Nightmares 2. It’s an IP they created, but it’s owned by Bandai Namco and published by Bandai Namco, so it doesn't’ really have any significant commercial impact for us, even though if it does really well it could have some royalty revenues over time.”
Wingefors went on to say the following:
“Now, having that game [Little Nightmares 2] created, they will move over to create new IPs, and I’m super excited, and that was the main reason we made this acquisition a bit over a year ago.”
The acquisition in question happened back in December 2019 when Embracer Group (formerly THQ Nordic AB) purchased Tarsier Studios for SEK 88 million cash and SEK 11 million in Embracer B-shares.
The equivalent is roughly $9.34 million cash and $1.17 million B-shares. With Tarsier Studios capable of making critically acclaimed, successful titles like Little Nightmares and Little Nightmares 2, it’s safe to say other IPs they create could be similarly successful.
However, with new IPs, that success would be better for Embracer and Tarsier when it comes to revenue. Overall, we’re eager to see what sort of games Tarsier has planned moving forward, especially as they step away from Little Nightmares.
We’re also curious to find out whether Tarsier has any plans to revisit the Little Nightmares franchise in the future. It doesn’t have to be solely through games either, it could be through comics, books, film/TV adaptations. You name it, we’d absolutely check it out (should something be announced).