Bandai Namco and Supermassive Games recently revealed Little Nightmares III, which will be coming to Switch sometime in 2024. As part of the reveal announcement, we learned that the game will let you bring a friend along for the horrors…but that friend will only be able to join you online.

While Little Nightmares III will have a big focus on co-op, there’s no going to be any support for local multiplayer. GamesRadar was wondering why that was, so they asked Supermassive’s game director Wayne Garland for some insight. Apparently, the decision has everything to do with immersion.

“We’ve been asked questions about online versus couch co-op. Couch is something that we considered, but again, when you come back to the atmosphere and the immersion that we’re trying to elicit through Little Nightmares, I think it was important for us that we stuck to our online co-op only rather than traditional more party aspects.”

[Supermassive's game director Wayne Garland]

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9M ago

What is this reverse Nintendo approach...?


9M ago

That's really weird, considering couch co-op should be so much simpler to implement than online, and if there's an online co-op system already in place it shouldn't take that much effort to get it to work for offline co-op.

Having online co-op is great, but if your game is already pushing a co-op vibe by default (two main characters working together to solve puzzles), then you should always include couch co-op, in my opinion!