Deadly Premonition director Swery65 takes illness-related break from game development

Deadly Premonition

Hidetaka ‘Swery65’ Suehiro is one of those divisive figures who seem to flourish in game development: the eccentric auteur. His Deadly Premonition came to PC a couple of years ago after acquiring a reputation somewhere between Metal Gear and The Room on consoles.

Encouraged by public appetite for his games’ oddness, Swery released the well-received adventure game D4 on Steam in June. But he’s now struggling with ill health and is taking a short break from development – though Access Games, the Osaka studio he co-founded, will continue on.

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Swery broke the bad news to fans on the Access blog this weekend. For the time being he’ll focus his attentions on recovering from reactive hypoglycemia – although he still seems to be beating himself up about the decision.

“I’m already slow enough at making games as it is, and I feel like all I ever do is make my fans wait,” he wrote. “But I’ve decided that I need to take a rest here, so that I can hopefully continue to make games in the future.

“When I recover from my illness, I’m going to do my best to make games that are better and more awesome than ever before!”

Swery asked fans to support Access Games in the interim. Have you played any of their crackpot creations before? The Deadly Promonition PC port wasn’t perfect, but it wasn’t quite like anything else.