Did Deadly Premonition Remind You To Eat, Sleep Or Smoke?

By Spencer . March 4, 2011 . 1:01pm

deadlyDeadly Premonition director "Swery" held a talk at Game Developer’s Conference where he discussed the importance of having players remember your game while they aren’t playing it.


Believe it or not, this is why Deadly Premonition has events like York eating, smoking, and shaving. Swery believes these elements remind players to eat or shave in real life. And vice-versa while you’re eating you may think of Deadly Premonition. Players who smoke, according to feedback given to Swery, tend to light a cigarette in real life when York smokes in game.


When developing Deadly Premonition, Swery thought about setting the game in Canada since he has family there. Since most of the games sold are in the US he picked the Pacific Northwest instead.


Swery mentioned two more elements he would like to have added into Deadly Premonition, but didn’t have time to developed. He wanted York to ride a bicycle and wear cologne. Also, the original concept did not have any combat, which would force players to runaway from shadows. However, Swery was told this kind of game would not sell in the U.S. and Swery changed the game.

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  • It would have been SO awesome in Canada. You’re awesome Swery!

    • Soma

      Canada is an awesome place. C:

      • I do wish we don’t get shafted so often though. So many good gaming deals that we never got ;_;

  • I found this game so incredibly boring… I ended up trading it in for actually more than I had bought it for. Nice.

    • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

      The door. It’s that way. Out. Get. Now.

      (Nah, you’re entitled to your opinion. That’s “Nice” at the end is really unnecessary though.)

      • Unnecessary how? I thought it was well nice that I traded it in for more than I paid for it :)

  • Phoenix_Apollo

    No word on a late release of the PS3 version? D:

    • PrinceHeir

      Yes PS3 version please i know it’s available in japan but the price is too high not to mention some of the menu are not in english :P

  • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

    Smoking is one of the best ways to pass time in this game… actually, it’s the only way to pass time *incredibly fast*. Literally. Got an appointment? Waiting for some person to show up at their house? Take a whiff of your cigarette and watch time fly!

    Also, talking to people with flies buzzing around you because you haven’t washed your clothes is incredibly embarrassing. Especially in cut scenes.

    EDIT: Oh yeah Swery? Sir I’ll have you know that GTA: San Andreas has bicycle riding and that sold better than hot cakes.

    Oh wait, he’s talking about not having combat, not about omitting bicycles.

  • Any word on why the PS3 version never came stateside?

    • kashiwaba

      Asian version is for $30 on Ebay and its very easy to play if you have a basic Japanese reading skills since the voices are English.

      • Well, it’s not really a high enough priority for me to import. In fact, there hasn’t been a single game this generation that I wanted enough to import, Vesperia PS3-included. I probably would’ve given this a look if there had been a localized version, but there’s too much good stuff out there that is available to me to worry about a lower-tier title that didn’t.

        Still, it is odd that they only localized one version.

  • Hey, Swery. It’s MUSIC. If your game has an amazing catchy soundtrack then people will hum it when they’re bored, or listen to it on their mp3 player, or look up videos on Youtube, and may even get other people interested in the game in the process. Hell, I’m thinking about the original Super Mario Bros. theme as I type this, and now so are you, which just proves my point.

  • Testsubject909

    Oh Canada, our home and native land, why didn’t you make this game in our setting?

    It’s not as if we’re exempt of crime… That and… how about Deadly Premonition for the PS3, huh?

    Oh sure, I could always import, but the import has english voices only…

  • Guest

    Swery was told that if he makes it for the U.S. PS3, players would come. But Swery did not listen. Bad Swery.

  • Deadly Premonition…Having heard this game is a “beautiful trainwreck” has convinced me to buy this game.

    Now if you excuse me, I’m going to have some FK in my coffee

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