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Bit.Trip Runner is getting a strange-looking HD sequel

2011-10-09 07:00:00·  2 minute read   ·  Tony Ponce@megaStryke
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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: 
  • HD Graphics
  • 10+ new abilities for CommanderVideo (and other playable characters)
  • Achievements/trophies/leaderboards
  • Unlockable costumes
  • Difficulty modes and checkpoints
  • ...and LOTS more to be revealed later!
For more information about Runner 2, check out http://www.runner2.com, or follow @bittrip on Twitter and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/bit.trip.




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