Naughty Bear didn’t exactly perform well critically, getting pretty much panned by bother games and critics alike, and so it pretty much slipped under the radar of most people. It’s all a bit of a shame, really, because while the game was pretty bad, the actual concept was rather awesome: you got to play as Naughty Bear, a disgruntled teddy bear who is outcast by the other happy and cheerful bears on Perfection Island. And so you go looking for revenge, torturing, beating up and killing the other bears in all manner of ways, like slamming their cute faces into red-hot BBQs, blowing them up, shooting them and even pushing them into giant cake mixers!
It was a game that deserved a sequel to try to do the awesome concept justice, so it’s good news, then, that 505 Games have announced that Naughty Bear is indeed getting a sequel. Titled Naughty Bear: Panic in Paradise, it will be released on Xbox Live Arcade and Playstation Network sometime this year. The move to digital download only seems a smart one as the original game felt like it would have been right at home on Xbox Live Arcade.
“Following the success of our first outing with Naughty Bear, we really wanted to push the limits and give players a lot more freedom to be as naughty as they can and help Naughty Bear get revenge on the other bears who have been so mean to him” said Victoria Reeve, Senior Global Brand Manager, 505 Games. “With the first Naughty Bear game audiences responded well to the juxtaposition of cuddly innocence, with dark humour and over the top violence. We’re really looking forward to seeing what they make of all the great new features we’ve packed into Naughty Bear: Panic in Paradise.”
Success, eh? Yeah….. Um, anyway, in Panic in Paradise you’ll once again be taking control of Naughty Bear. This time the other bears have decided to go on holiday to Paradise Island but haven’t invited Naughty along, so like any good teddy-bear, he decides the only course of action is to go on a rampage and beat the stuffing out of the other bears.
The developers are promising a completely over-hauled combat system, brand new levelling up system, equipment customisation with thousands of combinations being promised and over 30 mission set across 11 distinct areas of Paradise Island, which should hopefully remedy the fact that in the first game you basically played through the same few sections over and over again until you felt like turning the bloody thing off.
“Naughty Bear really struck a chord with gamers looking for something more than the same old gameplay,” said David Osborne, Executive Creative Director at Behaviour Interactive, “With Naughty Bear: Panic in Paradise, we’re turning the naughty dial all the way up to 11!”
Ignoring the rather cheesy naughty dial reference, there, I can’t help but feel a little excited about Naughty Bear 2. The move to digital distribution feels right, and the concept deserves a game to do it justice. Lets just hope the developers can manage it this around.