Runner 2 breaks away from Bit.Trip pack

Gaijin Games bringing sequel to rhythm-based platformer with new art style to XBLA, PSN; release date TBA.

The Bit.Trip series may be complete, but it doesn't spell the end for Bit.Trip mascot CommanderVideo. Gaijin Games has launched a new website to announce the first post-Bit.Trip game, Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien.

Gaijin offered a tease of Runner 2's art direction.

The Runner 2 website is light on posts at the moment, but what is there introduces the team and shows 3D, cartoonish concept art that is very different from what players have come to expect from the Bit.Trip series. One post poses the question, "Why is Runner2 not in the classic 'BIT.TRIP' art style?!!!" The answer? "BECAUSE THE GAME DEMANDED IT!"

Gaijin Games' Andrew Hynek says one of the main goals of the Runner 2 project is to "build things in such a way that they can be used both for numerous platforms and also for future projects."

Runner 2 is in development for Xbox Live Arcade and PSN and currently has no specified window for release. For an idea of what to expect, check out GameSpot's review of Bit.Trip Runner.

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moviequest14
moviequest14

Why is it that no company ever makes exclusively for Nintendo? There is already ample proof that an exclusive title can be successful (even on the rather lack-luster wii-ware) I feel offended enough when a ''committed'' series even goes multi-platform but especially takes the leap to being exclusive AGAINST the people that made them successful enough to even be making this game today.They could even release this as a retail-release (which after 2 titles public release shows there is no problem with that) for wii. Just Dance,Epic Mickey,and now the Runner series,all too worried for no reason at all.(And also I am not wanting platform exclusiveness just so 360 and ps3 fans can't have it but it IS nice to have 1 or 2 series that are exclusives for Nintendo considering all the other titles that are exclusive for 360 and ps3.)

makryu
makryu

Not even on the PC?

pizzamuncher
pizzamuncher

@FlamingFury If you're going to criticize something, at least use a real reason. The Wii's D-pad is great and doesn't feel small. The 360's is horrible.

Super-Poke-Bros
Super-Poke-Bros

Well I could still get it on PSN... I think the problem here, like with most games that are missing from Wiiware, is that fact that Nintendo has a small size limit for its downloadable games. It's not that the Wii can't handle the games (because it can)...I just assume it has something to do with their limited servers for the Wii Shop. SO...I really think Nintendo needs to expand the Wii Shop channel/servers...this problem is why Super Meat Boy and Sonic CD are not on Wiiware. They did say they'll have better infrastructure for Wii U, but they shouldn't forget about the Wii. It's still here! I'M...gonna go file a complaint at nintendo.com...

FlamingFury
FlamingFury

@AlmightyDerek The Wii D-Pad is the worst of them all! Its half the size of the others! It's designed for children!

FlamingFury
FlamingFury

Runner was awesome. I'll totally buy a sequel.

Granpire
Granpire

This makes sense. Runner was, I think, the most addictive and engaging of the six games, and it's safe to say CommanderVideo is the most memorable of all the protagonists.

robfield
robfield

Xbox 360 dpad is bad, but I still wanted to play Bit.Trip.Runner.

Gamingclone
Gamingclone

No release date? Could that mean that this will also show up on Wii U ware? Obviously the Wii U is going to have it's own form of download only games.

AlmightyDerek
AlmightyDerek

No Wii version? Sure I could get it for XBLA or PSN but it wouldn't be the same, not to mention both of those systems have horrible d-pads.

Fresnokila
Fresnokila

No Wii version?...I have most of the Bit.Trip games from the Wiiware...would love to play this one too!