The Good Life

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Hidetaka "Swery" Suehiro's new game The Good Life - a papercraft open-world murder mystery in a rural English town, oh and where you turn into a cat or dog at night - will fail as a campaign on crowdfunding platform Fig. He seeks $1.5m but has raised only a third of it, and his time runs out today.

Twin Peaks is back, and so is Swery. Taking a holiday to tour the town where they filmed David Lynch's series - North Bend, Washington - it should come as no surprise that I happened upon the real life inspiration for one of Deadly Premonition's locales, the Milk Barn. A few hours later, outside Twin Peaks' iconic set for The Great Northern, I would run into Swery as well. Right on time!

Swery reveals gameplay of his cat-based murder mystery The Good Life

Swery reveals gameplay of his cat-based murder mystery The Good Life

The cat's out of the bag as Fig crowdfunding campaign launches.

Deadly Premonition and D4 director Hidetaka "Swery" Suehiro has launched a Fig crowdfunding page for his previously teased upcoming open-world adventure The Good Life.

The premise, which must surely be among the most alluring ever committed to code, is that it's set in a small English village in which its denizens transform into cats at night. Weirdly (or perhaps normally, since we're already talking about a weird situation), the quasi-cat people wake up with no memory of what they did during their feline hours.

Imposed on this strangest of settings is a New York photographer named Naomi, who finds herself stranded in this peculiar town until she can work off her debt. Things get increasingly troubling for our financially suffering heroine as she discovers the body of a dead girl in this supposedly "happiest town in the world."

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Swery's game about people turning into cats gets a trailer

Last week Deadly Premonition and D4 director Hidetaka "Swery" Suehiro announced his next game about an English town in which its denizens transform into cats at night. It's called The Good Life and now it's received its first trailer.

Described as a "daily life RPG", The Good Life follows the exploits of a New York photographer named Naomi, who arrives in the quaint town of Rainy Woods only to discover the body of a murdered woman. Naomi quickly discovers the whole feline transformation gimmick and she too realises that she can turn into a cat at night. In these nocturnal hours you'll be more agile and able to infiltrate spaces that are otherwise inaccessible in human form.

Swery said The Good Life "will inherit the spirit of Deadly Premonition", and this trailer offers a bit more on what he means. Both games involve an outsider arriving in an unusual small town, both are whodunnit murder mysteries, and both seem to be a bizarre mix of nihilistic noir crossed with uplifting, adorable comedy. Even the town of Rainy Woods is named after Deadly Premonition's working title. Aces!

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Deadly Premonition director Swery announces RPG about people who turn into cats

Deadly Premonition and D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die director Hidetaka "Swery" Suehiro has announced his next project called The Good Life.

Described as a "daily life RPG", The Good Life is about a New York photographer named Naomi who visits a peculiar English village where everyone transforms into a cat at night. Naomi herself will learn to morph into a feline where she'll be able to access places previously out of reach in human form.

The Good Life will be the debut title from Swery's new studio White Owls. The eccentric director said this quirky mystery "will inherit the spirit of Deadly Premonition". That game likewise had a day/night cycle in which characters would go about their lives in real-time. The Good Life will also be set in a town called Rainy Woods, which was the working title of Deadly Premonition.

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