Hidetaka “SWERY” Suehiro’s studio White Owls announced today that it is working on a new RPG called The Good Life, which is about a town called Rainy Woods in which people turn into cats at night. No, really. That’s what it’s about.
The full description is as follows.
“Welcome to The Good Life. The game is set in Rainy Woods, the self-proclaimed “happiest town in the world.” Here, you’ll play as Naomi, a photographer from New York who finds herself stuck in this small town in rural England. She’s found a way to pay off the massive debt she’s accumulated, but she soon discovers that the town is hiding a very bizarre secret…
At night, all of the town’s residents turn into cats. Why does this happen? Is this why everyone in town is so happy? No one seems to remember what they do at night. Naomi is here to find out what’s going on in Rainy Woods.
The townspeople aren’t the only ones who get to roam around at night as a cat – Naomi does too! Once the sun sets, you’ll get to explore Rainy Woods and collect clues and important items connected to the events of the story. The town becomes a very different place at night, as certain secret paths, rooftops, and attics can only be accessed by cats.”
According to Suehiro, the game will “inherit the spirit of Deadly Premonition,” but will also be somewhat different. It’s a mystery game wrapped in an RPG about ordinary day-to-day life. It is currently planned for release on Steam and PlayStation 4.
Suehiro’s full statement about the announcement is as follows.
“Hello everyone. I’m SWERY, the director of The Good Life.
Last November, I created my new studio, White Owls, and this is our first official announcement. From the bottom of my heart, I feel so proud to be announcing this game with Fig, a next-generation publisher.
This game will inherit the spirit of Deadly Premonition, my most representative work, but it will also feature a brand new style of gameplay. It’s a mystery game based on the framework of a ‘daily life RPG.’ I’m positive that the happiest town in the world and the most bizarre townspeople in the world will capture your heart and pull you deep into their world. Please support The Good Life and help us bring this game to life.
I’m sure this game will make a lot of people happy!”
The announcement was made as part of a “staged rollout” of the game’s upcoming Fig crowdfunding campaign, with those who received an email containing the announcement also receiving an invite to view the Fig campaign early. However, some users were excited enough to share the news online. In response to their excitement, a representative from Fig published a Google Docs document with some additional codes for early access to the Fig campaign. If you hurry, you might be able to get one yourself. Unfortunately, however, it is noted on the page that the contents of the campaign are confidential and, thus, I cannot share them with you in this article.
As can be seen on the Fig page, the crowdfunding campaign is set to begin on September 2nd. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as more details are made publicly available.