Hello Neighbor 2 Announced; Launches 2021 for PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X

Developer tinyBuild have announced Hello Neighbor 2 during the Xbox Games Showcase.

Co-developed with Eerie Guest, Hello Neighbor 2 is a stealth-horror game. Players take on the role of a journalist investigating the disappearance of the eponymous “Neighbor” from the first game.

However some strange crow-like monster- or a familiar face dressed as such- has seemingly stepped into the forsaken abode, and does not care for intruders. While the trailer heavily implies the identity of the fiend, the difference in their builds would suggest there is more to learn.

Players are now able to use their own cameras to monitor the house, and throw down objects to trip up their pursuer. However, the “crow-man” can also gain tools to break through barricades the player puts up, and promises to utilize learning AI. It will even use items in the same way the player does (such as stacking objects to climb).

The game also promises to be more open world, allowing players to explore Raven Brooks. However, the “new neighbor” will pursue the player even then.

Finally, a playable Alpha is available now on Steam, and the Microsoft Store for free. The use of “Alpha 1” would suggest there will be future pubic alpha builds.

You can find the official announcement trailer below.


You can find the full rundown (via the official website) below.

Welcome Back To Raven Brooks!

Hello Neighbor 2 is a Stealth Horror Game where you’re being stalked by a mysterious creature as you try to track down Mr. Peterson (The Neighbor) who has disappeared after the events of the first game. Play against an advanced, self-learning AI that tracks and adapts to your every move.

Self-learning AI

  • AI explores the environment and constantly seeks ways to ambush the player
  • AI watches player navigation patterns and if these seem to be effective, will replicate them
  • AI has a daily routine that gets disrupted by the player: sleeping, eating, cooking, and possibly going into the woods to dig up bags of non-bodies
  • AI will use the same objects as the player, using them for the same purposes. If the player uses a fire extinguisher to get up top, so will the AI.

Open world

  • Explore the Raven Brooks, there are no limitations and players can go anywhere from the beginning of the game. The AI protects its house when the player is trying to break in, and stalks the player when out in the open world.
  • Players have their own stories. Narrative is emergent, depending on how players decide to play the game.
  • The world changes depending on your actions

Sandbox experience

  • Players should find creative solutions to solve the puzzle by combining different items, terrain features and platforming skills
  • Many in-game events are persistent and scheduled in random order, that gives a feeling of a living world. Players may examine each random in-game event to find a different outcome

Hello Neighbor 2 launches 2021 for PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.

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Ryan was a former Niche Gamer contributor.

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