While various ports have been announced for The Inner World since its original release in 2013, nothing has been said about a sequel. Turns out, however, that work on a new game has been happening right under our noses, as revealed in today's announcement of Studio Fizbin's upcoming The Last Wind Monk.
In the previous game, a little long-nosed Asposian named Robert was unexpectedly thrust in the role of saviour when his underground world was threatened with the loss of its life force, the wind. Robert is back as the hero once again, but this time around the danger is a little more personal. You see, Robert is a descendant of the "flute nose dynasty" that has secretly provided their world with light and life for years. Now, however, a trader named Emil has "led all the Asposians astray, making them believe that the dynasty is in cahoots with dark forces." And so with a "huge dose of enthusiasm, but little to no idea what he’s actually doing," now Robert must seek out the legendary last wind monk in order to stop Emil's treacherous plan.
Although the developers claim that no knowledge of the previous game is necessary to enjoy the new one, there will be plenty familiar to fans of the original. The sequel features the same "hilarious" dialogue and stylish hand-drawn artwork as its predecessor, along with some returning characters and the ability to play Robert's nose like a flute. But there are some notable differences as well, such as Robert's love interest Laura and the "nutty" pigeon Peck being playable characters in the game. There will also be new songs for Robert's musical schnoz, and new locations like the "topsy-turvy" airport Asposia Central and the mysterious Shovel Mountains. And of course there are are "hours of fun brainteasers" promised as you seek to "cause trouble in a tumble mouse factory, play with Uncle Oboe for some toilet paper in prison, help a desperate Bingo-Pony become happy once again, bring the adorable baby gorf back home and save Asposia! Again!"
There is currently no firm timeframe for The Inner World 2's release, but the game is currently on track for completion sometime next year for "at least" PC, Mac, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, iOS and Android devices." To follow The Last Wind Monk's progress in the coming months, you can visit the official website for additional details.