Dark Dreams Don’t Die Keeps Xbox One’s Kinect Alive

By Spencer . June 18, 2014 . 1:36am


There wasn’t much talk about Kinect at E3, but Microsoft and Deadly Premonition creator SWERY have been working on a Kinect game for Xbox One. Dark Dreams Don’t Die or D4 is a mystery game where you play as David Young, a private investigator trying to solve his own wife’s murder so he can travel through time and prevent it.


The D4 demo I played started with David in a bathroom and was entirely played with Kinect. Waving my hand with an open palm moved a cursor on screen. I had to close my palm to inspect objects. David’s power is introspection, so every time you inspect an object he uses a little bit of stamina. Most of the dialogue in the bathroom scene was back story about how David pined for his wife.


Dark Dreams Don’t Die has a scoring system. When you inspect objects, the camera moves around and story continues. Sometimes you’ll see other objects that flash and you can inspect those to increase your synchronization with David and your score.




Kinect motions are used to turn the camera too, you move your hand in the direction you want to turn and then quickly swipe in the other direction as if you were grabbing an object and turning it. That worked out well, but walking is tedious. David can only walk along a trail of white dots. When you want to take a step forward you have to move your hand over to a dot and then close your hand to confirm the motion. Want to take another step? You do that again. Moving David is kind of like playing hand Pac-Man. I think Access Games could make this easier by letting players jump dots instead of moving to each dot.


While walking didn’t feel natural, Dark Dreams Don’t Die’s gestures are generally intuitive. After leaving the bathroom, I walked into a kitchen. David sat down and I had a choice to pick up a photo or a bottle of agave tequila. David mentioned that was his favorite drink so I went for the bottle. D4 has players follow a motion as if they were taking a drink and then slamming the glass on the table.




Later in the demo, Amanda knocks on the door. When I opened it I got into a "swipe fight" where I had to swipe left, right, and use both arms to keep Amanda from… sweeping David. David catches objects that Amanda tosses at him in over the top ways like catching and spinning a mug with his index finger. The fight ended with a grab and pull motion that worked well with the animations. A little tidbit about Amanda, David actually has a cat in his apartment also named Amanda. The demo ended after the swipe fight leaving attendees to speculate about the relationship (if any?) between the two characters. All we know about Amanda the woman is she suddenly started living with David.


As mentioned earlier on Siliconera, Dark Dreams Don’t Die can be played with a controller too. The game is slated for release on Xbox One later this year with three or four episodes planned for this season.

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  • Impressionnant

    Had no idea that “D4” stood for that. This and Kamiya’s game are the only X1 games I’m looking forward to.

  • Derek E Nay

    Any woman with a hat like that is a keeper.

  • Stephen Mc Devitt

    If the game can be played with a controller, then why even bother using the Kinect?

    • The game was originally Kinect only I think, so some incentive if you own one.

      • Godmars

        But real incentive to buy it. Just for one game.

        • darke

          Well it was originally designed when you *had* to buy the Kinect. This latest 180 of MS was really quite recent and pissed off more then one western dev on twitter…

      • Stephen Mc Devitt

        Let’s be honest, almost every game that uses the Kinect are either unresponsive at best or outright broken at worst.

        • Corellianrogue

          Let’s be honest, you’re a retarded lying troll who couldn’t play a Kinect game to save your life. Unless it was Elton John’s Bedroom Fun Simulator, I’m sure you’d be great at that.

          • Stephen Mc Devitt

            No likes the Kinect. What’s wrong with a normal controller? End of story.

  • darke

    … is that a giant bow glued to her head?

  • Learii

    what I wanna know is how you use Kinect in this game

    • revenent hell

      On the small chance you are serious I think I know why humanity will go extinct.

      But on a serious note the best use of how to use a Kinect has always been in my experience not to. The technology for it is “cool” and all that but it always feels like developers have no idea how to create games that use the Kinect well, don’t get me wrong there are some ok games for it but they are far and few in between.

  • Ash_Riot

    This will bomb, but I will love it, no doubt. Love SWERY’s works.

  • Göran Isacson

    … Okay I gotta ask, what does “sweeping” mean in this case? Fighting? Sweeping him into her arms? Literally trying to sweep him out of the apartment with a giant broom into a trashcan where a Romanian cock roach named Vasilij lives, who likes his tea lukewarm but can’t stand the smell of tooth paste? Like holy hell this is SWERY, everything I just said is completel possible, you’re going to have to be a little more specific here.

  • bob

    This is one of the main reasons I bought an Xbone, can’t wait to see it through Zack!

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