BIT.TRIP Continues With Runner 3

BIT.TRIP Continues With Runner 3

Choice Provisions announces a sequel for the BIT.TRIP Runner series.

The studio formerly known as Gaijin Games has announced the next title in its long-running BIT.TRIP series. Today, Choice Provisions revealed Runner 3, the latest sequel in the BIT.TRIP Runner series, bringing Commander Video back into the action.

The Runner series of games are, as the title suggests, somewhat like an endless runner game. Players leap, slide, and kick their way across across various stages, with their actions changing the stage music for better or for worse. Part action, part rhythm game. According to the studio, Runner 3 will be its biggest and most ambitious game yet. What it won't be though, is punishing.

"Runner2 was a game you could play on your own terms," writes Choice Provisions founder Alex Neuse in a devlog. "Too often, games focus on rewarding hardcore players and perpetuating the idea that if you play on easy, you're somehow less of a gamer. What if games don't bring you as much joy if they're ultra-challenging? Maybe that doesn't make you 'less'. Maybe that just makes you 'you'."

"So in Runner3, we're focusing on bringing our notions of difficulty and what makes a game rewarding front and center. The focus in Runner3 is on giving the player a joyous experience," Neuse continues. "If you like being challenged relentlessly, will you get that? Yes. (It is us, after all.) But if you prefer being able to experience the entire game without being ultra-challenged, you'll be able to do that as well--without penalty."

Choice Provisions wants to be more open about its development of Runner 3.

"We plan to be very open with you about the creation of Runner3, and we even plan to solicit feedback occasionally and offer user polls to give everyone a chance to chime in and help us think of things like level names, possible unlockable outfits, and more," the team says on the official site.

"We aren't quite ready to announce platforms just yet, but we can tell you that the game is coming eh-next year," they added.

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