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Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut – Revisiting a cult horror classic

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On 19th April, Rising Star Games are all set to unleash Deadly Premonition: Director’s Cut on PlayStation 3 – the first time the game has appeared on the platform.

For the uninitiated, it’s an extended version of the wildly divisive 2010 horror title, which tells the story of the mysterious Agent York as he explores strange goings-on in the not-entirely-normal town of Greenvale.

While its off-the-wall sense of humour and eccentric narrative certainly isn’t for everyone, it’s a true original and a game that thoroughly deserves its loyal, noisy cult following. We caught up with its enigmatic creator – who goes by the name of Swery – when he was in London recently, to find out more about the new version and what he has up his sleeve next…

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What can players expect from this new version of Deadly Premonition?

Swery: There are three major things that PlayStation gamers can expect from the Director’s Cut. Firstly is the additional scenario – it’s not a side quest, but an extra bit of story for the main campaign. It’s nothing straightforward – it’s actually rather complex – but I’m hoping this extra scenario makes it easier for the player to understand where the game is coming from.

Secondly, the original version had some space for improvements, and these improvements have been made for the Director’s Cut. This includes both the graphics and the controls. With regard to control, there were some reviews that said the controls were difficult to use. Improvements have been made, so players will be able to complete the game more easily than before.

The third major aspect of this version is the DLC. We’ve added the option for players to purchase a house, a car or a new costume.

Why did you decide to return to the game so long after its original release?

Swery: After the original release, every time [producer] Tomio Kanazawa and I met together for a drink, we always talked about doing something for the PlayStation platform. We wanted to do this for PlayStation gamers.

Was it a fun experience revisiting the characters? How has your impression of them changed with time?

Swery: After so many years it was great to work on the characters and the new dialogue. It was enjoyable and also nostalgic. The last two years has given me lots of new experiences, and those things changed me. I hope that’s reflected in the characters in Director’s Cut.

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When the original version came out it split critics right down the middle – some adored it, some loathed it. Why do you think it is so divisive?

Swery: I was originally asked by Tomio the producer to make something completely unique. And maybe that edginess was a bit too much for some gamers. It was too edgy – it was a love or hate game.

It must have been tough seeing some of the negative reviews come in…

Swery: We’d been developing the game for six years or so. We released it in the USA and the first review we received was 20 points out of 100! We were so shocked! I didn’t want to go into the office that day.

It had really low ratings to start with, but then afterwards it got near-perfect scores from some reviewers. The gap between the lowest and highest scores is actually now recorded in the Guinness Book of Records.

What is it about the game that has garnered it such a loyal fanbase?

Swery: The overall uniqueness of the game, I think. You don’t find games with a similar feeling on the market. If you’re playing a shooting game you have many other choices if you want to play something similar next. But that’s not the case with Deadly Premonition – there’s nothing like it

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Do you have plans for where to take Deadly Premonition’s characters next?

Swery: I’m in discussion with Tomio about the future of Deadly Premontion. It may not be Deadly Premonition 2 but it’s definitely going to be something. At the moment we’re talking about how it might be interesting to set the game in Europe.

In London?

Tomio Kanazawa: No, the countryside. Hitchin, for example. I’ve lived in Hitchin for many years as I’ve been working with Rising Star Games. When I first started living there, there was no entertainment – I could find nothing. But I have come to love it over time – so I recommended it to Swery!

Deadly Premonition seems to have taken up your life for the past few years. Aren’t you tempted to try something completely new?

Swery: Putting Deadly Premonition aside, I’m most interested in creating something episodic, like a TV series, where each instalment is unique and interesting and makes you want to play the next one. It could be affordable for players, but would make them want to play more. Something like that.

It sounds like you might have been playing The Walking Dead recently…

Swery: Yes. I liked it because it gave players choices – often ethical choices. I like that aspect in games.

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Silent_Gig 31 January, 2013 @ 2:10 pm   1

Cant wait to play this game, ive been interested in it all the way back to its first showing at TGS’05 – admittidly its changed since then but its finally getting its PS3 EU release.

I’m just glad that they made so many changes and added so much to it. The old version wasn’t really something that pleased many people. But, man do they try to convience you that this is good. And it sure will be better then the old one,

I absolutely loved Deadly Premonition. I didn’t have an issue with the controls having auto aim at the groin was hilarious. It had genuinely creepy moments, the Sadako like contortionist zombie ghost things begging the player to kill them was very unsettling.

Ever since the HD version was announced I have been doing my impatient dance (bit like Patrick Magoohan running on the beach from The Prisoner crossed with overexcited Teletubbies).

This game was pure genius, so thank you and please give us more! ^_^

Will support 3D?
Will be released on PSN?

can’t wait for this

The next game will be set in Hitchin? Really? Hahaha – that’s awesome.

Keitaro004 31 January, 2013 @ 2:40 pm   7

“FK… in the coffee. It never fails”

Release this already, I have heard a lot of nice (and weird) things about this. Like the coffee and sandwich scene. Just keep it cheap enough and i’ll buy it instantly

Great interview!

I played through the original Japanese PS3 release, Red Seeds Profile, a couple of years back, it’s one of my favourite games this gen. The characters and story are memorable, I enjoyed the gameplay (I know people hate on it, but I found it fun) and the quirky sense of humour made it all work in a really awesome way. After doing 100% everything it really sucked to have nothing left to do, I can’t wait to revisit it now with even more content!

Also there’s a cool piece about SWERY’s design philosophies over at gamespot:
http://uk.gamespot.com/news/swerys-20-20-hindsight-on-deadly-premonition-6302247
that’s well worth reading for those interested :)

the1free_man 31 January, 2013 @ 4:46 pm   9

This is my favorite game of this generation. That’s all I wanted to say.

After reading this article, I started wondering why I have missed this game – I must fix that mistake!

tiago-kun 31 January, 2013 @ 7:34 pm   11

I’m very looking forward to this :)

Already pre-ordered it months ago.

I really can’t wait to play this. How about you, Zach?

Great interview, really anticipating this game.

Thanks for the director’s cut! I really want to play this on my ps3 :D

Pandarin_86 1 February, 2013 @ 4:46 pm   15

Will there be Move support? Think I read that one time.

Move support shouldn’t be too hard, considering the fact that the original PS3 release already supports motion sensor in the regular controller. For driving of all things.

Ahh… already 100%-ed the Japanese version (thank whoever for the all-English dub). Definitely looking forward to picking up the remaster to see the plot additions and finally read some extra material. This is definitely “Twin Peaks: The Game” – Alan Wake is nowhere near capturing the zany mystery atmosphere of the series.

NightRanma 1 February, 2013 @ 10:55 pm   17

I’m looking forward to this so much. I’m really hoping this version can get an Australian release. I had to import my Xbox 360 copy, but it was totally worth it. Deadly Premonition is FANTASTIC.