Deadly Premonition Creator Is Back With New Development Studio After Becoming a Monk

White Owls is Swery65's new studio.

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The creator of Deadly Premonition and D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die, Swery65, has returned to game development as CEO of a new studio called White Owls.

The studio, which is based in Osaka, Japan, is currently working "very hard" on its first original project, but the company is not yet ready to unveil the game to the public.

Swery's return comes after over a year away from game development. The revered game director took time out in November 2015 for health reasons, before eventually deciding to retire from his previous company Access Games. During his time off, he became a buddhist monk, and got bitten by his cat (but it didn't hurt).

Before his retirement from Access, Swery was working on a game about "a high school girl detective who uses the imagination (fantasising) energy from masturbating to help her solve murders." It's unclear what his new studio is working on, or if the detective project lives on without him at Access.

Aside from Deadly Premonition, Swery has also worked on games like Tomba 2, Spy Fiction, Lord of Arcana and, most recently, D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die.

The latter was an "absurd" Xbox One and PC-exclusive episodic game, while Deadly Premonition was a divisive cult classic that has been compared to TV series Twin Peaks. For more, check out our D4 review, or our Deadly Premonition review.

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a highschool girl who masturbates in order to solve murders?...wtf?

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Deadly premonition had better story than twin peaks and x-files combined.

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I forgot about that masturbating detective concept :).

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Wow...he became a monk and created Shaolin Owls xD

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Seems his life is about as amazing and weird as his games. Hope his new game is just as good as D4 and Deadly premonition.

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@kanekan-slaugh: I honestly just want a Season 2 of D4.... dat cliffhanger tho.

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@LPDisturbedHU: Yea

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"a high school girl detective who uses the imagination (fantasising) energy from masturbating to help her solve murders thats how detective job works what did you think

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I hope it's more like Deadly Premonition... but less weird.

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LOOOOOOOOOOOOOL okay

"Before his retirement from Access, Swery was working on a game about "a high school girl detective who uses the imagination (fantasising) energy from masturbating to help her solve murders."

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@silversix_: I'd buy that for a dollar!

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@fisherking: Not a bad offer

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Yay! Whatever he releases is a must-buy for me!

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Deadly Premonitions was a hot mess, but was interesting. Out of all the problems with the game, but one that bugged me the most was the fact that the main characters hair was white at the end. I don't understand why it didn't stay brown.

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@Abomination713: Because at the end that was no longer York, that was Zach hence the hair color difference and slightly different look, I figured you would have picked up on that he had a split personality, but both were real, otherwise he was just insane. It's pretty much explained (spoiled) in the wikipedia article if you need more clarification.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deadly_Premonition

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@uncle5555: Yeah, he was crazy, but why white hair? It made no sense at all since Zack was the real one and York was the one in his head. Why wasn't it brown? A bunch of people mentioned the scar on his face, but never brought up his hair. That's the only problem I have with it.

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@Abomination713: I think his hair is really white because of the shit hes seen when he was a kid. peoples hair can turn white and if you watch twin peaks which is based on this it comes up. i think he imagined he was the brown hair York because he had more of his shit together. It wasn't until he conquered the trauma from his past that he was able to put away his split personality. You play as his imaginary friend the whole game but the towns people saw white hair from there perspective.

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I wish there would be more D4 episodes. It ended on a TOTAL cliffhanger. I NEED CLOSURE!!!! lol

But seriously, more D4 please (buy the rights from Access if you have to. PLEASE!?)

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Good to hear he is back.
Him starting new projects means probably unfortunatelly that he wont be working on more episodes of D4 :-(
Still,looking forward what he will come up with