Rising Star Games, Toybox, and Access Games are developing an enhanced version of Deadly Premonition for PlayStation 3. First teased during Yasuhiro Wada’s GDC panel, Deadly Premonition co-creator Tomio Kanazawa and Hidetaka "SWERY" Suehiro from Access Games showed us Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut. Isn’t that right, Zach?
Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut has a new opening where an elderly character reads a story to a young girl. After this added cutscene, the game begins just like the Xbox 360 with the same opening sequence. Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut has revised graphics, but don’t expect a complete overhaul. The character models appear to be the same ones used in the Xbox 360 release. Swery noted The Director’s Cut will have support for stereoscopic 3D TVs.
Swery explained he wants everyone that plays Deadly Premonition to get to the game’s ending, so he changed the difficulty in Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut. The PlayStation 3 version only has one difficulty setting and the enemy battles are easier. Kanazawa explained the controls have been changed too. Players use the right analog stick to aim the gun and all of the buttons can be remapped. Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut also uses PlayStation Move, but we didn’t get to see how the motion controls were implemented. The mini-map was also modified to be more user friendly. You can expand it while driving to see all of the street names in Greenvale.
While the goal in Deadly Premonition is to solve the mystery behind a series of mysterious murders, the game’s charm is living everyday life. Agent York can eat at the diner. Buy gas to refuel his car at the Heaven & Hell gas station… if it’s open. Deadly Premonition has an in-game clock and if it’s late at night you can’t go to the diner or get gas. York can sleep and drink coffee in his hotel. Access Games also created fishing and darts mini-games. Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut doesn’t touch the town, but it adds something fans will want to see. Swery said the PlayStation 3 version will have a new ending.
Oddly enough, Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut doesn’t contain any content originally cut from the game. The new ending and introduction video were made just for the PS3 version. We’ll have more details about the game from our chat with Swery and Kanazawa later this week.
Rising Star Games plans to extend Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut with downloadable content like costumes. Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut is scheduled to come out on April 30 in North America.