Gear up, folks. What's that, Zach? A new Deadly Premonition game? That's right, everyone, Deadly Premonition 2 has gotten a solid release date. The sequel was first announced in a Nintendo Direct last September (which feels not so long ago). Back then, there was no confirmed date for it, though it did come with the added bonus of the original being released onto the Switch eShop. Nintendo broke the news recently by putting out a release date announcement trailer for the game, setting it to hit shelves this July. The news also sheds some light on how the gameplay will differ this time around, as well as its setting and characters. There's a lot to unpack here, but it might be easiest to start from the beginning.

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Deadly Premonition was a rather bizarre survival horror game released in 2010 on PS3, Xbox 360, and Windows PC. The game was directed by Hidetaka 'Swery' Suehiro, who also goes by the nickname Swery65. Swery is known for his very off-kilter, strange ideas and unique games, going on to develop cult hits like D4 and The Missing. Deadly Premonition garnered a lot of attention for its so-bad-it's-good gameplay blended with a wacky plot inspired by the TV show 'Twin Peaks'. You can imagine, then, how a sequel felt completely out of the blue; a very welcome surprise, indeed. The sequel, Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing In Disguise, takes place in two different settings and time periods: Present-day and past. In the present, players take control of FBI agent Aaliyah Davis, who has begun to investigate a series of murders in Boston. These murders end up sharing a striking similarity to ones committed in Le Carré, Louisiana 15 years earlier. Players will swap back to these events periodically as well, put in the role of the first game's eccentric protagonist: Special agent Francis York Morgan.

The gameplay this time around is pretty similar to how it was in the original. Players will be plopped into an open-world sandbox that features all sorts of weird characters to talk to, minigames to play, and secrets to uncover. Skateboarding will be a heavily-pushed mechanic this time around, allowing players to travel around town by foot or by board. Skateboards can be customized and tricked out for cooler moves to be unlocked, and the protagonists can also be customized in different get-ups. Other minigame antics include bayou rides and bowling. It sounds like just as varied a blend of things as the first game did, which is quite promising. Extra promising is that Swery has returned as both writer and director for the project, even with its development under a different studio (Toybox Games). With that, fans can rest assured it will retain the same offbeat humor and tone of the first.

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Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing In Disguise will be released exclusively on Nintendo Switch on July 10th. The prequel/sequel will be released both through retail stores and on the Switch eShop. The trailer can be viewed below, which is very James Bond-esque, and seems to take some cinematic cues from True Detective as well. Considering the first game's Twin Peaks inspirations, it sounds like True Detective may be playing a role here as well. This game is one of quite a few that Swery is currently in the middle of. The man's a busy guy, currently helming two different projects. One of those projects is The Good Life, a murder mystery where the protagonist (and the town she explores) end up transforming into cats and dogs periodically. That game is set to release on Switch sometime later this year, and it will likely be Swery's next avenue of focus once Deadly Premonition 2 releases. The other project is a mysterious horror game that goes by the name 'Hotel Barcelona'. We reported on that earlier last year, and it's a big collaboration between him and another creative Japanese developer: Suda51.

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Tanner

Tanner is a freelance writer. He enjoys all things video games, particularly the weirder ones, and can often be found drinking coffee and trying to get through his backlog.

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