Little Nightmares 2’s spooky new Steam demo invites you down to the woods today

Coming to other platforms “early” next year.

You can now take a few tantalising first steps into developer Tarsier Studios’ deliciously sinister platform sequel Little Nightmares 2, courtesy of a brand-new demo on Steam – which is expected to arrive on consoles in the new year.

Little Nightmare 2 (technically a sequel, although Tarsier has so far been a little cagey about how it slots into the series’ timeline) once again stars Six – the pint-sized, yellow-raincoat-wearing protagonist of the original game – albeit now in a supporting role.

This time around, players control new character Mono (the game’s AI takes care of Six’s actions) on an adventure that trades the stuffy, squalid interiors of the first game’s horrifying Maw in favour of some airier – although admittedly no less claustrophobic – exterior locales.

Curious sorts can get a taste of Little Nightmares 2’s great and gloomy outdoors in its newly launched Steam demo, which follows Mono’s journey through a fog-shrouded forest – presumably a sequence from near the start of the full game – in a bid to liberate Six from a shack belonging to the nefarious Hunter.

Currently, Little Nightmares 2’s demo is only available on Steam, but publisher Bandai Namco says it’ll be made available to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Switch players “early” next year. It doesn’t have long to make its presence known, however, given that Little Nightmares 2 is scheduled for a 10th February release on all platforms.