Well, oops. I was wrong. But that’s okay this time.
It turns out Swery does indeed have a hand in this particular pie after all. Excellent. So far, Deadly Premonition: The Board Game is still in production, so we’ll have to find out later if it’ll be partially crowdfunded or a fully-funded Rising Star Games project (EDIT: see below!). Either way, much of the game’s fan base is very likely going to be pleased while the rest will need to go make some friends in the real world as opposed to living vicariously through others online unless this board game gets some sort of digital treatment.
More updates to come as news lands in the inbox.
Well, ooh – news has landed in the inbox, so here’s an update: THE GAME IS NOW LIVE ON KICKSTARTER! Three bucks gets you a Steam code for the bizarre horror/mystery action/adventure adventure Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut, while $30 gets you the board game and that Steam Key mentioned above. The game will come in Standard and Special Edition versions and yes, stretch goals are in the works should the game push way past its initial funding goals.
Press release below the jump – the funding is already over the halfway point ($32K funded with a goal of $50K!)
THE RAINCOAT KILLER RETURNS! PROTECT THE INNOCENT AND INCRIMINATE THE GUILTY WITH DEADLY PREMONITION: THE BOARD GAME
Kickstarter Campaign Now Live for Board Game Based on Cult Videogame Phenomenon
LOS ANGELES, CA – May 9, 2017 – Rising Star Games reveals today that the Kickstarter campaign for Deadly Premonition: The Board Game is live. Commencing today and running for 30 days, the Kickstarter has pledges starting from $3, and can be viewed HERE.
Deadly Premonition fans and board gamers are invited to journey to the town of Greenvale once again, and don the sharp suits and quick wits of police detectives in the wake of Anna Graham’s murder, at the hands of the nightmarish Raincoat Killer.
Deadly Premonition: The Board Game is based upon the memorably offbeat characters, creepy locations and unsettling events that unfold in the 2007 cult classic videogame Deadly Premonition, from acclaimed game developer Hidetaka “Swery” Suehiro. The board game is created and devised as a passion project by Samuel Elphick and Daniel Osuna Perez, two members of the Rising Star Games team, and has Swery’s full blessing.
The game itself is an adversarial 2-4 player card-based board game where you and your fellow detectives must take on the task of protecting the innocent, incriminating the guilty and work out who might not be quite who they say they are. With a hidden killer amongst the detectives, the race is on to identify a suspect as an accomplice in order to track down the Raincoat Killer.
The mechanics found in Deadly Premonition: The Board Game are unique and original concepts based upon Sam and Dan’s vision for the game. Players will embark on competitive battles to manipulate their own boards toward a victory condition, while simultaneously sabotaging their co-detectives. There is also a hidden identity element to shake things up and reward observation and intuition. Full details about the flow of gameplay, the rules, the different types of cards and their effects, can be found at the Kickstarter page: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/615312068/deadly-premonition-the-board-game.
“Our vision was to create a compelling, atmospheric game inspired by Deadly Premonition’s delivery of big reveals, plot twists and consequential moments,” said project co-creator Samuel Elphick. “The venture started out as an idea between colleagues. With hopeful optimism we put together a proposal for Swery and he loved it. Way back in June 2015 we created our first prototype for “Incrimination,” which was the skeleton that Deadly Premonition: The Board Game is built upon… We hope you enjoy!”
As a top favorite horror game of mine this particular century, It’s great to see Deadly Premonition get kicked back into the busy gaming scene in a new form. Warts and all, Swery’s great, goofy yet somehow deeper than it seems classic is an evergreen of sorts that’s also a tribute to David Lynch, survival horror games and the mystery/detective genres that’s worth a look (provided you’ve got a PC capable of running it).