Sweet Dreams: Swery’s D4 On PC Next Week

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.

16 Comments

  1. MrFinnishDude says:

    This is one of those games that is really cool if you don’t expect it to be a serious thing.
    It’s really charming in a “cheesy 90’s movie you really liked as a kid” way.

  2. Not_Id says:

    Not sure about this game. Looks a bit wacky.

    On the subject of time travel, has anyone seen Predestination yet? It’s based on Robert A Heinlein’s All You Zombies. It’s got to be one of the best science fiction films I’ve seen for years.

    • Not_Id says:

      Edit: Hey RPS, any chance you could do a film review once a week? You do board games and tech reviews so…?
      Good idea wot wot?

  3. rabbit says:

    uhhhh…. huh.

  4. Dale Winton says:

    I’ll buy this as I love dp lol

  5. brat-sampson says:

    So, if this was episodic, do we get all the episodes, just the first one or…?

    • malkav11 says:

      Almost certainly the whole “season”, but that was only like two episodes. It answers next to none of the questions it raises and ends on a massive cliffhanger, currently unresolved as there hasn’t been any more made and it’s entirely possible it wasn’t profitable enough to make any more. But it’s certainly a weird, weird thing you can experience.

      • BiggerJ says:

        It’s entirely possible that more may be made as a result of PC sales. If everyone assumes more will never be made and don’t buy it then that’s the Firefly effect, a self-fulfilling prophecy.

  6. J. Cosmo Cohen says:

    Tried a PC demo at PAX. It plays like an adventure game, really. Very strange, too, but that’s to be expected. Also, the mouse controls worked well.

    • XhomeB says:

      So, i’s not a Heavy Rain-like QTE fest?

      • J. Cosmo Cohen says:

        There were some QTEs, but most of the demo I played involved clicking on things, including movement, and some mouse manipulation, i.e. moving it a certain way to mimic an action the character is taking.

  7. Jackablade says:

    The masturbation game makes for an interesting thought experiment. How do you work with a concept like that and keep it tasteful, or at least non pornographic?

    Something like Rez maybe – something surreal and heavily abstracted with a major rhythm component?

    • Monggerel says:

      Suggest you check a comic book by the name of “Sex Criminals”.

    • Freud says:

      Just have it like Surgeon Simulator. Put the thing in the thing.

  8. Monggerel says:

    It’s a thing!