Rainy Woods was a multiplatform title. When Ignition announced Deadly Premonition, the game’s new name, they said it was only for Xbox 360. But, wait! The ESRB says Deadly Premonition is will be on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
It sure looks like Deadly Premonition is still in development for both consoles. Perhaps, the title will only be a retail Xbox 360 game and a downloadable PlayStation 3 game – akin to Battle Fantasia.
In addition to preemptively announcing the PS3 version the ESRB spoiled details about Deadly Premonition’s monsters, weapons, and an interesting twist.
This is an action-horror game in which players assume the role of a detective investigating a series of strange murders in a small town. Players examine crime scenes, interview townspeople and suspects, and occasionally use guns, knives, and metal pipes to battle zombie-like creatures. One humanoid-like monster (naked, but with no genitalia or nipples) crawls along walls and can be killed by using a submachine gun. In one flashback sequence, players are able to control the villain (the Raincoat Killer) as he uses an axe to kill the townsfolk—toxic gas has left them in a deranged state; the grainy black-and-white sequence depicts the townsfolk emitting red blood-spurts when hit, as their bodies disappear.
Graphic depictions are presented during investigations of crime scenes, where players sometimes discover the victims: a woman is found tied to a tree with her abdomen sliced open—blood surrounds the open wound (hair partially obscures her breasts); another woman is strung up by wires in a shower, covered with blood, and strangled by an elaborate trap; and a "profile"-montage depicts still-frame images of a struggle between killer and victim amid sounds of crying and desperate pleas (e.g., "stop, please . . . I swear . . . I won’t tell anyone . . ."). A couple of cutscenes are intense as well, depicting suicides via gunshots to the head. The dialogue contains mild sexual innuendo (e.g., a woman at a gas station says, "Let me know if you want me to pump it") and more direct commentary about sex: "She’ll scr*w anyone" and "Oh, I sleep with anyone I wish. Anyone I prefer to sleep with . . . I could sleep with you, if you’d like."