Eccentric game designer Hidetaka Suehiro, also known as Swery, (Deadly Premonition, D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die) has announced his next project, The Good Life, a “daily life RPG” where players can transform into a cat.
The game will be launching a Fig crowdfunding campaign on September 3, and will be the debut project for Swery’s new studio, White Owls. As with Swery’s previous games, The Good Life is built around a mystery, but will take a much more lighthearted approach.
The Good Life follows Naomi, a New York photographer visiting Rainy Woods, “the happiest town in the world,” where all the residents, including Naomi, transform into cats after sunset. Players will attempt to uncover the cause of this nightly curse in both human and cat forms. While Naomi is able to talk to NPCs during the day, certain areas, including attics, rooftops, and secret paths, can only be accessed as a cat.
More details on the gameplay and ideas behind the game will be available when the campaign launches next month.
In the meantime, Swery has said that The Good Life “will inherit the spirit of Deadly Premonition, [his] most representative work, but it will also feature a brand new style of gameplay,” and that the “happiest town in the world and the most bizarre townspeople in the world will capture your heart and pull you deep into their world.”
The crowdfunding goal for the game has not yet been revealed, though Fig Game Shares for the project will be available for USD$100.