The original Deadly Premonition is one of the most broken games ever to get released. It’s a complete mess with terrible shooting mechanics, driving that wouldn’t be out of place in an old PS One game and a control system that is a tank at best and unusable at its worst. But for all its faults, of which there are plenty, it’s a game that I, and many others, absolutely love.
It’s a prime example of the whole being more significant than the sum of its parts. Its world is more alive than a lot of AAA titles as the NPC’s go about their day, regardless of what you’re doing. The main character, Francis York Morgan, is a brilliant creation who is a part master detective and part Fox Mulder, and his supporting cast isn’t too shabby either, and the story is so out there that, as a lifelong Twilight Zone fan, it’s something that Rod Serling would’ve been proud of.
Sadly though, no matter how much we begged and pleaded for a sequel it seemed that one would never see the light of day, but here we are, nine years later, and the news we’d waited so patiently for was finally confirmed in last nights Nintendo Direct stream.
Deadly Premonition2: A Blessing In Disguise is a Switch exclusive that is scheduled for release at some point in 2020. The game will follow FBI agent Aaliyah Davis as she opens up a 14-year-old cold case that will also open up a doorway to the past. In New Orleans, we’ll catch up with Francis York Morgan as he looks into the original happenings of the case and through time jumps we’ll play as both characters, in the past and the present, as they try to figure out just what’s going on.
I’ve got to say I am unbelievably happy about this. It’s the one thing that has convinced me to go out and buy a Switch because up until this point I had zero interest in the console but the chance to return to one of my favorite characters in gaming in a whole new scenario, then you can sign me up for that. Here’s hoping that Nintendo doesn’t try to polish Deadly Premonition 2 in any way whatsoever as that would miss the point behind why so many people loved it the first time around.