D4 built from “ground up” for next-gen Kinect
posted on 07.02.13 at 10:58 AM EDT by (@admeady)
Xbox One controller also an option, says director Swery65.

With only a brief glimpse of D4 – or Dark Dreams Don’t Die – at Microsoft’s E3 conference, it’s been unclear as to what this Microsoft-published Xbox One exclusive is exactly. In a preview on IGN, D4 director Hidetaka “Swery65″ Suehiro gives us a glimpse of the game’s mechanics, character, and narrative – as well as information regarding its use of Kinect.

Directed by Swery65 and developed by Access Games, D4 follows David, an amnesia-ridden detective out to solve his wife’s murder. Unusually, though, David is able to “jump back in time” – in that he is able experience memories – to solve crimes. His story will be in a digital-only format, which is to be released on a episodic basis.

“The episodic structure should work well given David’s memory-hopping ability,” said IGN’s Cam Shea. “It’s likely that each episode will take place within a different memory, with its own set of self-contained objectives, as well as an important tie-in to the main story.”

Compared to “a modern point and click adventure” – with a reference to Telltale’s The Walking DeadD4 reportedly has a focus on investigation and interaction with the world. In the demo’s passenger jet, for example, David is able to interact with passengers, and retrieve information about the various objects around him. Action sequences are “choreographed,” with the outcome dependent on the player’s ability to react to on-screen cues.

Said to be designed from the “ground up” for the next-generation Kinect, players copy the on-screen action, and can speak their conversations – perhaps not unlike Mass Effect 3’s Kinect functionality on Xbox 360. But the game is also playable with the Xbox One controller. The game is also designed to be played sitting down, Swery noted.

David has to touch objects if we wants to explore the memories attached to them, but “he actually understands that he can’t change the past,” according to Swery. And when prompted about the notion that merely travelling into the past may change it, the director said, “I can’t give you many details just yet, but I think that being in the past was meant to be that way.”

“The day little Peggy died I managed to survive, through some miracle,” David tells the player. “In exchange for my memories, I got this skill. This has to be some kind of revelation, but I plan to use this skill to find a memento that can take me back to that day, so I can save my wife.”

This “weird” and “bizarre” title, like Swery’s cult classic Deadly Premonition before it, still remains a mystery. From why David developed his power to what it exactly allows him to do – although it sounds similar to Ellone’s power in Final Fantasy VIII – it seems as though D4 will turn heads and scratch brains upon its release date, something else which is also clouded in mystery.

Watch the game’s debut trailer below.

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  • PrinceHeir

    such a shame i was look forward to your next game swery65 :(

    after the brilliance that is Deadly Premonition Director’s Cut!

    • Adam Meadows

      Because it’s XONE exclusive?

      • Skeletor

        Yes Adam. Most people are unhappy with MS as it pertains to their treatment of core gamers.

        With a terrible track record for hardware dependability, a very lackluster, see also, pathetic lineup of exclusive games, the Reveal/DRM/180 fiasco, I’m am shocked that anyone would be stupid enough to still purchase an MS product but lucky for them there is America. Land of the sheeple.

        • Adam Meadows

          I asked a simple question. And so I get a down vote? Baffling.

          • KnifeAndFork

            I did it sorry

            • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

              It’s not like you committed a crime or something.

              I just think down votes miss the point entirely. Most of the time, a normal conversation deviates into a discussion about down votes. (Just like right now lol.)

              Then you have people who troll and down vote everything for fun. (Also seems to be happening right now.)

          • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

            I gave you an up vote!

            Once again, another example of down votes missing the point and failing.

          • Skeletor

            You didnt get a downvote from me sir.

            If I disagree with something or have a differing opinion I express it.

            Downvoting is a cowardly act made by people who lack the mental capacity to formulate a response.

        • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

          Princeheir never said why he wasn’t looking forward to Swery’s next game. It could be that he doesn’t like the concept of the game. Perhaps the cel-shaded style. Could be that he doesn’t want to purchase an Xbox One. Adam was simply asking if it was the latter.

          You’re not Princeheir, so why are you answering for him?

          • KnifeAndFork

            Deductive reasoning and logic:

            1.He mentioned the director’s cut of Deadly Premonition. That is a PS3 exclusive.

            Going by that, one can conclude yes it is then because it is an XBox exclusive that he , hence no need in answering the obvious.

            • Adam Meadows

              Isn’t that why I asked about Xbox One? As opposed to just asking ‘why?’. I still don’t understand why such a simple question has this kind of response, that’s all.

            • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

              That’s just assuming things. And by a stretch. Could be that he only played DP for the first time, and it was the PS3 version.

              • PrinceHeir

                yes i only played Deadly Premonition for the first time in PS3, even though i could have imported the Red Seeds title(heard alot of slowdown and bugs there)

            • Skeletor

              Why are you speakingfor me? LoL.

              Just kidding :)

            • PrinceHeir


              i thought i kinda made it subtly.

              guess im gonna be more direct next time!

          • PrinceHeir

            okay because it’s Xbox One exclusive :P

            love the cell shaded and concept though!!

            reminds me of Sam & Max series, which is probably the only point and click game i really enjoy.

            prefer VN/ADV games all day!

        • McPoo

          Hey skeleton. Why you so aggressive? Looking at pretty much all your recent posts, you come across as a proper little fanboy, and a bellend to boot.

          I think you need to calm down before you activate Super Saiyen Keyboard Warrior mode.

          And always remember #yolo xox

          • Skeletor

            Hey Mcturd, nothing aggressive about my response at all. It is blunt and to the point. If that offends you I suggest putting on your big girl panties and avoiding the internet.

            As for being a fanboy, indeed I am. I am a fanboy of games. This is why I have over 35 consoles and 750 physical games.

            Dont pretend to know me.


            • McPoo

              Oh dear. You didn’t listen to a word I said. If you were able to have a discussion like a rational adult then I’m sure people would be more interested in listening to what you have to say. Presuming that’s what you want, obviously. You did I say I don’t know you, and you’re right. For all I know you could just like ranting and sounding like an asshole. I just don’t know.

              #rolo xox

      • PrinceHeir

        yikes i just didn’t reply a few hours and already you guys are arguing :(

        in any case, yes it’s because it’s in Xbox One, im sorry if it look like im not getting it because i don’t like the game.

        in face i love the concept and style, you don’t get many adventure type games nowadays.

        it’s just that Xbox One, i don’t hate, i just don’t like the douchebag attitude of microsoft nowadays.

        im gonna make it more clear the next time i post something.

  • Locksus

    Well, including an option for controller-only gameplay is a good thing. Too bad I won’t likely be playing this game anytime soon, if ever.
    Shame, I loved Deadly Premonition, but even with all its faults, it was a very memorable experience.

    • BigDix

      Thing is that if it can be played via the controller, it’s not really made from the ground-up for Kinect, now is it? Unless the controller-controls are bad, making the whole thing moot.

      The irony is that it’s games like Suehiro’s that really need to be experienced first-hand to know whether they’re worth one’s time or not… Yet it’s an Xbox One exclusive. So for many discerning players, there will not even be an opportunity to really get your hooks into the experience to see one way or the other. Bleh….

  • artemisthemp

    Guess I gonna give D4 a try if, it comes to PlayStation

  • Impressionnant

    Considering the X1 isn’t being released in Japan (at least not in the first year, but we all know it won’t ever); I’m sure it’ll be ported to PS4. At least I hope so.

    • BigDix

      It’s being published by Microsoft. There’s no hope for a port ever unless Microsoft decides they want to sell the rights down the road… Which they probably won’t, no matter how much they end up not caring about it.

      • Skeletor

        Eh hem, Mass Effect 1.

        That is all

        • BigDix

          Like I said… The fact of the matter is that it’s seriously doubtful that EA or anyone with comparable capital to blow is or will be waiting in the wings to buy D4 off of Microsoft. The only party probably with any interest in such a thing would be Access Games themselves, but I think the fact that they need Microsoft to publish it for them says all that needs to be said.

  • KnifeAndFork

    Whats wrong with this guy its like he wants his games to sell poorly…XBox 1?

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    xbox 1 doesn’t have many games that would interest me anyway.
    PS4 FTW.

  • DrForbidden

    I’m not a fan of episodic delivery in games, I’m afraid.

    • PK212

      I didn’t like this about The Walking Dead but I’m glad they released a retail version with all the episodes on it in the end.

  • bloodiOS

    What a shame…