The Bit.Trip series proper may be over, but there is more in store for CommanderVideo. Taking a page out of the Square Enix playbook, Gaijin Games is prepping a direct sequel to the fourth installment, Runner, and it will be available on Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network some time in early 2012.
Entitled Bit.Trip Presents: Runner 2, Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (Wow! What a name!), the game promises a slew of new abilities, achievements, and... actually, there's not that much info yet. All we have right now are the above teaser video and a redesigned look for the Commander, which you can see in the gallery below. For better or worse, we're not in 8-bit Land anymore.
Also, what's with the "presents" in Bit.Trip Presents? Is this an indication that Runner 2 will be so removed from its predecessor that it will effectively be a standalone experience? Will this be like a Pac-Man 2 type of reconfiguration? All we can do is follow the game's dev blog and watch the mystery unfold.
BIT.TRIP Presents: Runner 2, Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
CULVER CITY, CA – October 8, 2011 – Gaijin Games and Aksys Games are proud to reveal their new project called BIT.TRIP Presents: Runner 2, Future Legend of Rhythm Alien, which will be released on Xbox LIVE® Arcade and PlayStation©Network in 2012.
"Runner 2 is going to blast open your mind like a blooming flower and Gaijin Games is going to pollinate it with our fun proboscises" -@MikeNRoush
"With its new art style, fantastic music, and gameplay innovations, Runner 2 will make your brain glands SWEAT BLOOD!" -@AlexNoisy
Inspired by the BIT.TRIP series originally released on Nintendo platforms, CommanderVideo makes his debut in an all-new re-imagined downloadable game with a ton of features that we hope even CommanderVideo and CommandgirlVideo can handle: