Deadly Premonition director’s The Good Life starts crowdfunding

The director of Deadly Premonition, the world’s worst best game, has launched a crowdfunding campaign for his next game. Hidetaka ‘Swery’ Suehiro has split from Access Games and founded his own studio to make The Good Life [Fig page], a murder-mystery daily life RPG set in an English village — the happiest in the world, the locals will tell you — where everyone turns into a cat at night. Yup. Playing as a debt-laden photographer by day and cat by night, maybe we’ll solve the many mysteries of Rainy Woods. I’m well up for that.

We’ll head into Rainy Woods as Naomi, a photographer from New York working to pay off debt. She discovers the daughter of the village priest stabbed and floating like Millais’ Ophelia, and so begins to investigate the murder and the village, earning cash for her snaps along the way. It’s divided into days and seasons, with villagers following their own routines and Naomi meandering through it getting to know people and taking valuable photos.

Oh, everyone in the village becomes a cat at night, able to reach otherwise-inaccessible places. That’s another mystery to solve.

My favourite bits of Deadly Premonition were poking around the town while getting to know people and earning cash in strange ways (remember to shave!), so a game which focuses on that without any combat sounds wonderful.

White Owls are seeking $1,500,000 (£1.16m) on Fig for The Good Life, hoping to finish the game for the end of 2019. To remind you, Fig is a crowdfunding site founded chiefly by game developers. As well as regular Kickstarter/Indiegogo-style pledging, it lets accredited investors actually invest to potentially receive a return on their cash. Pledge-wise, chucking in at least $29 would get you a copy of the finished game.


  1. TychoCelchuuu says:

    I like how the narcissistic person’s cat version is called “totally normal cat,” because cats are narcissists. Kind of weird that one of the cats is “gay cat.”

    • Ryos says:

      Knowing SWERY its the archaic meaning.

    • Lars Westergren says:

      Is he only gay in cat form? Are the humans of the village sexually attracted to cats in the daytime also, or only when they are changed? Attracted to fellow were-cats, or all cats?

      I have questions.

      Edit: Oh, “the villagers don’t remember turning into cats”. Ok we can dial the kinkyness down a few notches.

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  3. ZIGS says:

    Depth of field: the game

  4. malkav11 says:

    Pledge addons include sheep for your in-game house, and a digital version of SWERY to have dinner with.

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    The Almighty Moo says:

    All I can think when I saw this headline was this line from the young ones.
    link to (YouTube)

  6. racccoon says:

    A polygon retraction game, looks ok for its limits.

  7. Stedios says:

    Oi! Swery what about your other unfinished game that sits on my hard drive waiting for part two? (D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die(