Deadly Premonition Director Thinks Game Updates Should Cost Money
"You all pay $10 for a cup of coffee at Starbucks. Is the world going crazy?"
- Hidetaka Suehiro, also called Swery65, is known for various cult classics such as the Deadly Premonition series as well as D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die.
- His latest game, The Good Life, recently released its final update in the form of a $9.99 DLC adding a lot of new content to the game as well as a true ending.
- He recently posted on his Twitter asking why game developers should update games for free.
Hidetaka Suehiro or Swery65, director of the Deadly Premonition games, recently asked on his Twitter as to why developers should update their games for free.
Please tell me why we creators, who work overtime every day to make video games, should have to update our games for free.
You all pay $10 for a cup of coffee at Starbucks….
Is the world going crazy????#TheGoodLife #DLC pic.twitter.com/J8I0L9NxHI
— Hidetaka SWERY SueHERO (@Swery65) February 22, 2023
Swery’s recent game, The Good Life just got its final update in the form of a $9.99 DLC and includes the true ending of the game.
The Good Life itself is a life sim putting you in the shoes of a journalist looking to solve a murder mystery. The game received a mixed reception from critics and gamers alike.
The developer has received backlash from many users calling out the broken state of AAA games and the importance of free updates to fix them.
It also highlights the pressure of working in the game development industry, as developers have to constantly put in overtime amidst usually terrible working conditions as well as disappointing pay.
Hidetaka Swery’s most recognized works are the Deadly Premonition games, a series of games inspired by works of creators such as David Lynch, set in a small remote town where you play detective Francis York Morgan while solving a string of murders taking place.
The first Deadly Premonition game is often regarded as a cult classic by many due to its unique and bizarre atmosphere. While the game was critically panned on release for various reasons, the game has garnered a massive fan following despite or actually because of its many issues.
His other notable work is the now abandoned D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die, another detective thriller inspired by TV shows such as Twin Peaks and Lost.
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