Young Horses' odd, yet oddly adorable, Bugsnax adventure ended with a few hanging threads; fortunately, one developer has confirmed the team's plan to explore the tale further at some point. Bugsnax stars a journalist who's sent to a presumably uncharted land known as Snaktooth Island to interview disgraced explorer Elizabert Megafig. Upon touching down on the rock, the journalist finds the titular bugsnax - snack-like creatures that alter the anatomy of whoever eats one. Elizabert, however, is nowhere in sight.
This particular experience offers players far more than a quirky mystery. The structure of Bugsnax's gameplay and the story seems somewhat derivative of a Pokémon adventure, wherein progression is driven by collecting cute creatures. But beneath Bugsnax's charming world and flamboyant characters rests an unsettling truth, which players unravel as the narrative progresses. Not every lingering question receives an answer, though, meaning Young Horses' latest project is ripe for additional content.
Speaking with Kotaku, Bugsnax's senior creative director and writer, Kevin Zuhn, teased what the ending may mean in terms of a potential sequel or DLC. Zuhn couldn't divulge too much, of course, but did note the following: "We’re still figuring out what exactly we want to do post-release, but we’re definitely not done working on Bugsnax yet. I know I’d hate to leave that plot thread hanging forever!"
Apart from post-launch patches that fixed Bugsnax's more egregious issues, Young Horses has not rolled out any other extras since the game's mid-November release. Thankfully, Zuhn's statement suggests that will eventually change. What else the developer could pursue with DLC or a sequel is anyone's guess, especially since the possibilities seem incredibly vast.
As a PlayStation Plus title, Bugsnax launched under interesting circumstances. It was released exclusively on PC, PS4, and PS5. While PC and PS4 players had to pay to experience Young Horses' bugsnak-catching adventure, PS Plus owners on PS5 received it as a freebie. Thus, Bugsnax counted as PS5's first PS Plus title. The game remained on the service until earlier this month on January 4, as it was replaced by another acclaimed indie title - Maneater. PlayStation 5 owners with access to PS Plus can add Maneater to their game libraries for free until February 1.
Maneater developer Tripwire Interactive recently took part in a Reddit AMA; in so doing, the studio confirmed that DLC for the shark RPG is currently in the works. The crew at Tripwire launched Maneater last May to much acclaim. In the many months since then, the title has only grown in popularity.
Shortly after the roll out of Maneater's free next-gen update and physical release, the title managed to capture headlines once more. And with good reason, too. For the month of January, the shark-infested RPG serves as a PS Plus title for PlayStation 5 owners, occupying this month's offerings alongside Greedfall and Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Now it seems as though new and old players alike will have a reason to explore Maneater further sometime in the future.
In a recent Reddit AMA (via Push Square), the developers received a question about whether they'll tackle DLC or a sequel next. Art Director Sean McBride noted, "DLC has been confirmed! The team has been working on it for a while now. Hoping to share more information very soon." McBride didn't offer any specifics on the matter. It's also unclear whether narrator Chris Parnell, known for his role on Archer, will return for the post-launch content. Upon being asked about the possibility, Audio Director Mark Muraski simply replied, "I can neither confirm nor deny any Parnell involvement on the DLC."