Though it has a “2” in its name which usually implies a sequel, where Little Nightmares 2 fits into the series’ timeline is a little complicated. For those who have completed the game, or those who are unafraid of spoilers, here’s the answer to “Is Little Nightmares 2 a sequel?
Is Little Nightmares 2 a sequel?
No, Little Nightmares 2 is not a sequel. It is a prequel.
The above conclusion is based on the secret ending, which seemingly shows a glitched version of Six instructing the real Six to head to The Maw. The Maw is where the first Little Nightmares game takes place. This would mean that Little Nightmares 2 is showing the events before the first game, making LN2 a prequel.
The numbered title of “Little Nightmares 2” can make it difficult to consider that the story of Mono and Six is happening before the events of the first game take place. The game’s name and the way that Tarsier Studios has marketed it does initially make it seem like a sequel.
For those that haven’t experienced the secret ending, Little Nightmares 2 may still seem like a sequel. It’s only when players see the glitched version of Six pointing towards The Maw poster does the theory of it being a prequel come to mind.
Of course, whether Little Nightmares 2 is a sequel or prequel to the first game, or taking place in an entirely different timeline or universe, is up to the player’s interpretation. Perhaps the writers will give more details in the future, explaining where and when in canon the story of LN2 sits.
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