With the rather expansive library of the Nintendo Switch, the console has exploded in popularity since its launch in 2017. And as many more original games, sequels and ports drop onto the portable console, things only get more appealing for those not in possession of the new Nintendo platform. This week gamers are taking a hard left turn into crazy town withe reveal of more information about the Switch port of Deadly Premonition 2.
Swery’s cult classic detective game Deadly Premonition came about in 2010 and adventures of Francis York Morgan instantly captured a cult following thanks to its incomprehensibly weird tone and writing. The game borrowed heavily from Twin Peaks to craft its murder mystery plot, and it looks as though the sequel will follow in that same vein of making things strange and unpredictable. Sure, the original game was plagued by a variety of odd design choices and bugs, but it was fascinating in the same way a terrible low-budget film is too.
The original game has its quirks and other nonsense going on, and it looks like the sequel will take things to a new level, but in a good way. The sequel was first announced as a Nintendo Switch exclusive during a Nintendo Direct. Fans didn’t get a firm release date yet though, only being told that the game was due in 2020. With the final reveal of this new trailer, which can be seen above, fans now know that the game will be coming out on July 10, 2020.
As to what the story is and how it ties to the first game, that’s still a bit of a mystery. There have been some hints by the developers that the new game will borrow from another fiction property, much like the first game, with True Detective being the target this time. The player will once again be solving mysterious and working out who killed who in this game too.
The full title of the game is Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise, hinting that the story may be something much more mysterious compared to the first game. The setting of the game will involve a disjointed narrative that swaps between Le Carré, Louisiana in 2005, and Boston in modern times.
It’s still a Swery game so of course there are some interesting and unique elements to the gameplay loop. Players will see mini-games like bowling and a customizable skateboard being elements in the sequel.