Gaijin Games, the team behind the BIT.TRIP franchise (consisting of BEAT, CORE, VOID, and RUNNER so far), are teasing their fifth entry in the WiiWare series on their BIT.TRIP Facebook page. They have announced the title will be called "BIT.TRIP F_ _ _," leading many to speculate that the name could be BIT.TRIP FIRE, BIT.TRIP FLOW, BIT.TRIP FLUX, or many others. In fact, they're linking to pages like this one and this one, listing every four letter word that begins with an F. For now we're all calling it BIT.TRIP FIVE for short.
And just a few minutes ago, they have dropped another hint on Facebook with the following post:
"Alex Neuse here. I just got my first legitimate PERFECT in an entire BIT.TRIP level! It was Level 1 of BIT.TRIP F_ _ _! My key to success? The Wii Zapper."
The series has definitely been "evolving" in a very visible and tangible way, with each game bringing a completely different gameplay style and control scheme, so the use of another controller for the next game isn't too crazy. Here's a quick recap for strangers to the series:
The first game, BIT.TRIP BEAT, was like a psychedelic rhythm co-op version of Pong, and was played simply by tilting the remote. No buttons were used. While BIT.TRIP CORE had a similar gameplay style, it had the player stuck in the middle of the screen, and dealing with "traffic" from four directions at once. There was no tilting, but the game was controlled with the four directions on the D-Pad. BIT.TRIP VOID turned the player into something like a black hole that flew around growing and shrinking as it ate everything. This involved both moving around with the D-Pad and pressing the A button. Then BIT.TRIP RUNNER finally gave the player control of Commander Video in a 2-D platformer with the running and the jumping. (But some hypothesize that we have been playing as Commander Video all along as he was also "evolving" into his humanoid form.) RUNNER had the Commander running on his own, with the player controlling jumping, sliding, kicking, blocking, and launching off trampolines.
Now we know the series is going to be six games long, and we don't know where it's going next or where it's going to end up. Could it already be making the huge leap from a 2-D platformer to a shooter, or is this clue a decoy? Are we following the evolution of video game history, or the evolutiong of Commander Video from a bit to a core to a void to a human to a ... gun-toting murderer? He is only a man after all. Will he be zapping life into a new world, or destruction into his wake? Wii Zapper use does mean this is the first game in the series to involve any sort of pointing at the screen. Hmm... and if it's traditional shooting, what comes after running and shooting if it keeps evolving? BIT.TRIP SPORE?
My crazy guess is that this will be an update of Gyromite. You'll be shooting some sort of levers or doors... to do something. These guys can't trick me. You'll see... you'll all see...