The successful indie stealth game Hello Neighbor gets a sequel! A brand new Hello Neighbor 2 announcement trailer was recently unveiled at the Xbox Games Showcase Pre-Show. The new trailer puts us in an interesting gameplay, in which we see a reference to the new and improved AI.
Hello Neighbor 2 sees you haunted by a mysterious raven-like creature as you try to track down Mr. Peterson – The Neighbor from the original game. This happens immediately after the events of the first game in which Mr. Peterson disappeared.
You take on the role of Quinten, a journalist who investigates the disappearance of several people in the city of Raven Brooks. Your investigation leads you to the same house from the first game, but as you investigate, you are chased by a dangerous raven-like creature.
Nail biting tension from a self-learning AI
The most important change we see in this sequel is an improvement in AI. The first game used manually placed AI waypoints to help the neighbor respond to and track the player. But the sequel goes one step further. The sequel uses fully dynamic AI that observes the player’s behavior and learns their habits to respond accordingly. This adds a new and exciting element that will add to the excitement.
We see some examples of this in the trailer. As the raven creature chases fifths, the player throws objects to slow them down and the raven responds to obstacles around it. Quinten decides to lock himself in a room with metal bars on the door. The raven sees this and takes a saw to cut the bars. You have to think quickly to escape such situations, even if it means jumping out of the window like fifths in the trailer.
Discover and explore the open world
Another introduction to this game is an open-world element that allows players to explore the city and collect key items for their investigation. You’ll examine a mysterious herd of ravens that have descended on the city and see how this is related to the disappearance of city dwellers, including Mr. Peterson.
Will we find out Mr. Peterson’s role in all of this? Is he another victim of the raven creature? Or is he the one responsible for the other disappearance?
The players have their own stories and the narrative is determined by your actions. You can find new and creative solutions to solve the puzzle by combining different elements. There are also terrain features and platform skills to play around with. These also add a sandbox element to the game.
Hello neighbor 2 should appear next year. However, an Alpha 1 is currently available for free on Steam if you want to try it out beforehand.
Hello Neighbor 2 will come on PC, Xbox Series X and Xbox One. Are you going to pick up a copy or try the alpha version? Let us know in the comments.