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Little Nightmares 3 shows off 18 minutes of co-op gameplay in new trailer

Ahead of next year's launch.

A Little Nightmares 3 screenshot showing one of its two protagonists walking along the sandy streets of a ruined ancient city, collapsed market stalls on either side.
Image credit: Supermassive Games/Banda Namco

Little Nightmares 3 might still be some way off - it's due to arrive in 2024 - but, in the spirit of this spookiest of seasons, Bandai Namco has shared 18 minutes of co-op gameplay.

Announced back in August, Little Nightmares 3 marks the first time a mainline entry in the series won't be handled by original developer Tarsier Studios. Instead, Supermassive Games - the team behind The Dark Pictures Anthology and Until Dawn - is at the helm, taking players on an adventure following two new protagonists.

Our spooky new pals are Low and Alone, both trapped in a world known as the Spiral - a "cluster of disturbing places" that includes the sandy Necropolis, home to a monolithic (and far from friendly) creature known as Monster Baby. An extensive look at the Necropolis and its perils can be found in the new gameplay trailer below.

Little Nightmares 3 - The Necropolis co-op gameplay.Watch on YouTube

This is, as far as I can tell, the same sequence previewed to press when Little Nightmares 3 was announced earlier this year, so you might get a touch of déjà vu while watching. It begins with our heroes (either controlled individually by two players using online co-op or solo with AI) tumbling out of a magic mirror and into a raging sandstorm before finding their way into the Necropolis itself.

Before long, one of Little Nightmares 3's new additions comes into play: Low's bow and arrow, which he uses to split a swinging rope, releasing a crate that can be used to scramble to a higher ledge. Alone's unique ability, a wrench, puts in an appearance soon after, used to manipulate a contraption and raise a platform enabling passage deeper into the level.

As things progress, Monster Baby makes a dramatic entrance, but I'll leave you to discover the rest on your own. Little Nightmares 3 launches for Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PS4, Switch, and PC some time next year.

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