While Little Nightmares, in its Hunger form, was announced in 2014, the idea has been in development for much longer. An earlier, subsequently cancelled, project called City Of
Metronome was revealed at E3 2005 and featured many of the same themes. Set in a night-shrouded city filled with longarmed, big-nosed creatures and monsters that lurked in the shadows, it exhibited a similar penchant for childlike exaggerations of frightening ideas. Its dark tone was less stylishly realised, but a central mechanic that involved recording and playing back sounds in the environment to progress remains an intriguing prospect. On its website, Tarsier hints we may not have seen the last of City Of Metronome.