Whatever Hidetaka ‘Swery’ Suehiro is up to, colour me interested. An episodic adventure game about a former cop trying to solve the murder of his wife by diving back in time? Yep, I’m up for D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die [official site]. After Deadly Premonition, which he directed, I want more of whatever’s in his head. Scrape it out and offer it to us. Yes, including the idea he has for “a story about a high school girl detective who uses the imagination (fantasising) energy from masturbating to help her solve murders.” Sure thing, Swery!
For now, I’ll settle for D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die, which next week comes from Xbox One to PC.
D4 is… you know, I’m not entirely sure. It’s an adventure sort of game, right, in that you look at stuff and talk to people, but puzzling is light, action sequences are QTEs, and doing anything at all takes stamina you replenish by eating and drinking. It’s a game. Video game. A surreal video game, I might add. And one I’m certainly keen to see more of – Deadly Premonition was shonky as heck as a game but had such heart it escape its trash can shell and became beautiful.
The PC version has ripped out all the Kinect gesture and microphone controls from the original Xbox One version, so sadly we won’t be slamming shots along with psychic cop David Young. This has more details on the port.
D4 is episodic but ended abruptly, though Swery has been teasing for ages that he can’t yet talk about plans to bring it back. A PC port is a fine first step.
It’ll be available from GOG, Steam, Humble, and direct from PC publishers Playism on June 5th.