Little Nightmares II demo is now available for Xbox, full game releases in February

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What you need to know

  • Little Nightmares II is the sequel to the intriguing horror-esque platformer from 2017.
  • The game is shaping up to be a fantastic follow-up when it releases on February 11.
  • Starting today, players can also install and play the free Little Nightmares II demo from the Microsoft Store.
  • You can also claim the original Little Nightmares for free as part of this month's Xbox Games with Gold.

Little Nightmares was and continues to be a unique and addictive horror platformer that was released in 2017, and we're only weeks away from the release of its anticipated sequel. In our Little Nightmares II preview, we were "confident that Little Nightmares II will become one of 2021's big success stories if the full game is anywhere near as good as what I experienced in the preview." Now, anyone can install and play a demo of this terrifying sequel on their Xbox console.

In Little Nightmares II, you play as Mono, a young boy attempting to unravel the dark and horrible secrets of the world around him. You're joined by Six, the yellow raincoat-wearing girl that starred in the first Little Nightmares, who will help guide you through this grim and foreboding world. Little Nightmares II looks like it's going to be truly amazing when it releases, so be sure to install the demo and give the game a try if you're not sure about it yet.

Little Nightmares II launches on Xbox One consoles on February 11, 2020, and will run on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S through backward compatibility. Later this year, the game will receive a proper next-gen update optimizing it for Microsoft's latest and greatest consoles.

If you haven't played the original Little Nightmares yet, you're in luck! Little Nightmares is currently included as January's Xbox Games with Gold, meaning Xbox Live and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can redeem the game for free until January 31, 2021. Once you've redeemed the game, it's yours to keep forever as long as you're subscribed.

Those of you looking for other scary games to occupy your time should check out our list of the Best Horror Games for Xbox, and keep a close eye on Xbox through 2020 for games like Little Nightmares II and the Medium.

Zachary Boddy
Staff Writer

Zachary Boddy (They / Them) is a Staff Writer for Windows Central, primarily focused on covering the latest news in tech and gaming, the best Xbox and PC games, and the most interesting Windows and Xbox hardware. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life starting with the original Xbox, and started out as a freelancer for Windows Central and its sister sites in 2019. Now a full-fledged Staff Writer, Zachary has expanded from only writing about all things Minecraft to covering practically everything on which Windows Central is an expert, especially when it comes to Microsoft. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.