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

Posted by patrickklepek (3479 posts) -
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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#1 Posted by patrickklepek (3479 posts) -
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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#2 Edited by HarrySound (227 posts) -

Nice art!

#3 Posted by User_Undefined (177 posts) -

interesting

#4 Edited by chilibean_3 (1622 posts) -

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

#5 Posted by Squinty (19 posts) -

Forth!

#6 Posted by Animasta (14648 posts) -

no PC?

#7 Posted by JJOR64 (18911 posts) -

Definitely looking forward to this.

#8 Posted by Hobosunday (41 posts) -

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!

#9 Posted by PsychoPenguin (146 posts) -

Art reminds me of Psychonauts for some reason.

#10 Posted by DemiGodRaven (267 posts) -

Confirmed: Commander Video is now a water tower.

#11 Posted by Corvak (902 posts) -

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

#12 Edited by dezm0nd (42 posts) -

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! :)

#13 Posted by TooWalrus (13137 posts) -

Love it. Fucking love it.

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#14 Posted by Ub3rSlug (152 posts) -
#15 Edited by alibson (165 posts) -

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.

#16 Posted by BeachThunder (11702 posts) -
#17 Posted by ReyGitano (2467 posts) -

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

#18 Posted by Portis (1285 posts) -

Yes sir, I like it.

#19 Posted by RecSpec (3764 posts) -

What the fuck?

#20 Posted by ajamafalous (11856 posts) -

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

#21 Edited by Winternet (8006 posts) -

They're going for a Cargo! look.

#22 Posted by MeatSim (10772 posts) -

I like the new art direction already.

#23 Posted by Dallas_Raines (2138 posts) -

Huh, they finally moved on from Nintendo.

#24 Posted by mnzy (2911 posts) -
@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.
#25 Posted by autobzooty (96 posts) -

YES SO EXCITED!!!!!

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

#26 Posted by adamfedoruk (216 posts) -

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

#27 Edited by Dalai (6998 posts) -

@Animasta said:

no PC?

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

#28 Posted by BBQBram (2202 posts) -

Checkpoints?! Blasphemers!

#29 Posted by HerbieBug (4212 posts) -

cool

#30 Posted by tobygw (579 posts) -

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.

#31 Posted by Ganty (15 posts) -

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.

#32 Posted by Brackynews (4045 posts) -

@Ganty said:

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

Are You a Bad Enough Commander to Rescue the President?
#33 Posted by Babylonian (837 posts) -

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

#34 Posted by TinyGallon (193 posts) -

@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 :)

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