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Bit.Trip Runner Sequel Coming Without the Bit.Trip Part

Commander Video's getting a ton of new abilities--and a whole new look.

Runner 2 is still pretty early, so we're only getting a look at the general art direction right now.

With the release of Bit.Trip Complete and Bit.Trip Saga, one might assume Gaijin Games is ready to move on from the series that's defined them so far. That's partially true, as it turns out. Gaijin Games announced a sequel to Bit.Trip Runner at Indie Cade this weekend, this one titled Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien.

Dropping the Bit.Trip tag isn't just about changing up the name, either; the whole aesthetic's shifting, adopting a much more cartoonish stylization that's just as trippy and weird, simply in a new direction.

Runner 2's coming next year for Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network, and will feature Commander Video once again, this time with over 10 new abilities. That's quite an expansion against the original game, where Commander Video could only jump, kick, and duck. In a very Super Meat Boy fashion, Commander Video will also be just one of many you'll be able to play as.

The biggest relief, however, may come in the form of checkpoints. Yes, Runner's stages weren't nearly as long as some of the areas in other Bit.Trip games, but I'd argue the hardest parts of Runner were exponentially more difficult than anything in the other games. It's also why it was the most satisfying.

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Posted by patrickklepek
Runner 2 is still pretty early, so we're only getting a look at the general art direction right now.

With the release of Bit.Trip Complete and Bit.Trip Saga, one might assume Gaijin Games is ready to move on from the series that's defined them so far. That's partially true, as it turns out. Gaijin Games announced a sequel to Bit.Trip Runner at Indie Cade this weekend, this one titled Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien.

Dropping the Bit.Trip tag isn't just about changing up the name, either; the whole aesthetic's shifting, adopting a much more cartoonish stylization that's just as trippy and weird, simply in a new direction.

Runner 2's coming next year for Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network, and will feature Commander Video once again, this time with over 10 new abilities. That's quite an expansion against the original game, where Commander Video could only jump, kick, and duck. In a very Super Meat Boy fashion, Commander Video will also be just one of many you'll be able to play as.

The biggest relief, however, may come in the form of checkpoints. Yes, Runner's stages weren't nearly as long as some of the areas in other Bit.Trip games, but I'd argue the hardest parts of Runner were exponentially more difficult than anything in the other games. It's also why it was the most satisfying.

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Edited by HarrySound

Nice art!

Posted by User_Undefined

interesting

Edited by chilibean_3

The new art direction is creeping me the heck out. I'm for it.

Posted by Squinty

Forth!

Posted by Animasta

no PC?

Posted by JJOR64

Definitely looking forward to this.

Posted by Hobosunday

Aw man! I would get that on Steam though! The water tower is cute in a creepy sort of way. You think Commander Video is going to be able to do a cartwheel? That would be sweet!

Posted by PsychoPenguin

Art reminds me of Psychonauts for some reason.

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Posted by DemiGodRaven

Confirmed: Commander Video is now a water tower.

Posted by Corvak

That is the smuggest water tower i've ever seen.

Edited by dezm0nd

It's like Super Mario World: Depressed! The green hills were always smiling in the Mario universe but here, they are sad. :(

edit: Erm, I didn't see the one of the right hand side! he smiles! :)

Posted by TooWalrus

Love it. Fucking love it.

Posted by Ub3rSlug
Edited by alibson

So it's going to be just another mediocre flash game? The only thing Bit.Trip had going for it were the art style and music. If that's gone then I don't see a reason why anybody would pay for it.

Posted by BeachThunder
Posted by ReyGitano

Runner was awesome, hope this makes it on to Steam as well.

Posted by Portis

Yes sir, I like it.

Posted by RecSpec

What the fuck?

Posted by ajamafalous

Yeah, I hated the lack of checkpointing in Bit.Trip RUNNER.

Edited by Winternet

They're going for a Cargo! look.

Posted by MeatSim

I like the new art direction already.

Posted by Dallas_Raines

Huh, they finally moved on from Nintendo.

Posted by mnzy
@ajamafalous said:
Yeah, I hated the lack of checkpointing in Bit.Trip RUNNER.
In Beat, too!
Playing 10minutes of stupidly easy gameplay and then punish you that hard for the one hard part in a level was a terrible choice. That whle reset of music and style of graphics made it even worse.
Hope they learned that by now.
Posted by autobzooty

YES SO EXCITED!!!!!

Hope they don't change Commander Video's design though, I love that sprite so much.

Posted by adamfedoruk

Don't sell Commander Video short! He could also block.

Edited by Dalai

@Animasta said:

no PC?

Since Runner is on PC, I expect Runner 2 to be on PC as well.

Posted by BBQBram

Checkpoints?! Blasphemers!

Posted by HerbieBug

cool

Posted by tobygw

I still haven't played any of the bit trip stuff yet, but some of them look awesome.

Hopefully they go on a steam sale soon or something.

Posted by Ganty

Ahhgghh the lack of checkpoints was what made Bit.Trip Runner great. Also "Commander Video could only jump, kick, and duck." is wrong. He could jump, slide, kick, block and high jump.

Posted by Brackynews

@Ganty said:

He could jump, slide, kick, block and high jump.

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Posted by Babylonian

I love that it abbreviates to Runner 2: FLORA. Alex and Chris are so great.

Posted by TinyGallon

@alibson said:

So it's going to be just another mediocre flash game? The only thing Bit.Trip had going for it were the art style and music. If that's gone then I don't see a reason why anybody would pay for it.

Now that the Unreal Engine can run in Flash, you might need to find a new way to deride games you feel are too simplistic. Just a friendly tip :)