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Tarsier Studios — the developer behind LittleBigPlanet PS Vita and contributor on the original LittleBigPlanet and LittleBigPlanet 2 for PlayStation 3 — announced its new game this morning: the third-person action adventure Hunger.
In Hunger, players control 9-year-old Six, a girl who has been kidnapped from her home and taken to work in a surrealistic and elite underwater resort called The Maw. An "unexpected twist of fate" offers Six a chance to escape, and her subsequent journey through the strange world of The Maw offers her a look at the "corrupt heart of modern happiness." The title incorporates some stealth elements and will emphasize exploration along Six's quest.
During the 2014 Nordic Game Conference in Sweden this week, it was announced that Hunger's development is made possible in part by 500,000 Danish kroner ($91,736.50) in funding from the Nordic Game Program.
"This is not only a huge vote of confidence from the Nordic Game Program expert group,” Tarsier CEO Ola Holmdahl said in a press statement. "The grant enables us to explore an idea we are deeply passionate about. Hunger holds fantastic potential, and our job now is to harness that promise into a great experience."
Currently there are no details on release dates for Hunger. Holmdahl told Polygon that Tarsier is aiming to make Hunger a downloadable title for PlayStation 4. Hunger is Tarsier's first original IP since showing PlayStation 3 title The City of Metronome at E3 2005. The game was never published. In 2009, the developer became an independent studio operating with Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios and the following year signed a publishing deal with SCE Europe for a then-unannounced project.
Bandai Namco shared some technical details on Little Nightmares. The game will run at 1080P and 30 FPS on a regular PlayStation 4 console, while the native resolution will be bumped to 1620P (75% of 4K’s 2160P) on PS4 Pro where the frame rate will be close to 60FPS (70% of the time it will be stable at 60FPS, for the remaining 30% it will vary between 50 and 60FPS).
Little Nightmares is the upcoming Unreal Engine 4 powered puzzle-platform adventure game by Tarsier Studios (LittleBigPlanet PS Vita, LittleBigPlanet 3, Tearaway Unfolded). Originally announced as Hunger in May 2014, it’s set to debut worldwide for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on April 28th. RelatedLittle Nightmares Hands-On Preview – Exit Night, Enter Light
Christian Vaz recently tried the game at a press event and was positively impressed by the creation of Tarsier Studios.
The game revolves around a small girl called Six, who is trying to escape a huge, mysterious vessel called The Maw. However, Six is not alone on her strange journey. Around every corner players will find corrupted souls hungrily searching for their next meal and it seems like Six features on that menu. RelatedBeautiful Desolation Kickstarter and Little Nightmares Get Release Dates
I got to see so much of Little Nightmares in such a short amount of time, and this has left me feeling extremely confident about what will be on offer when the game releases in April. Tarsier Studios have done a brilliant job of creating a spooky atmosphere. Little Nightmares (at least that we know of) does not feature any dialog or text bubbles, leaving the story to be revealed entirely through gameplay. There are so many questions I have about the plot of the game, who Six is and why she is trapped on this strange vessel. If you aren’t already looking forward to Little Nightmares, you should re-evaluate your priorities.
Look forward to our review of the game later this week.