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Swery confirms that The Good Life's Kickstarter campaign will launch in March

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Update, February 8, 2018: The Good Life will take a second run at crowdfunding with a Kickstarter campaign set to begin in March.

Despite missing their first crowdfunding target by a healthy margin, the team behind The Good Life are not to be dissuaded. The game's director, Swery65, has confirmed that a Kickstarter campaign for the game will launch on March 26.

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The Good Life is a murder-mystery set in the English countryside, in a mysterious village where all of the inhabitants turn into animals over night. It's the next project from Swery, the creator of Deadly Premonition and D4: Darks Dreams Don't Die.

Swery tweeted last night to confirm that, despite a failed campaign on crowdfunding site Fig last year, a second campaign would take place in the Spring. The team view the failed campaign as a "temporary setback," and say they haven't stopped working on the game since the first campaign failed. 

Swery puts some of the failure of the Fig campaign to the fact that this was the team's first-ever kickstarter, and says they "learned a great deal." He lists six changes that the team are working on "to ensure success," including changes to reward content, the provision of gameplay footage, and an enhanced graphical style.

That tweet also contains messages from art director Noburo Hotta and creative director Yukio Futatsugi, re-iterating the message that the game has been refined over the past three months. 

Original story, October 12, 2017: Swery’s always been a bit of an underdog making underdog games. His early titles were lost amid the PlayStation 2’s immense library, and even the cult favorite Deadly Premonition coasted on charm despite its lacking gameplay and technical issues. Now the Good Life is one more strange story for the Swery catalog - it won’t meet its Fig funding goal, but Swery promises it will still happen.

The Good Life will be hitting Kickstarter by the end of the year. The Fig campaign still has a few hours to go, but it seems unlikely that it’ll miraculously raise over a million dollars by the end of the day. In fact, it’s been clear for some time that the campaign wouldn’t make it, as it spent most of its duration at less than 20% funding. By the time the campaign’s chances of success had clearly hit zero, Swery began asking fans to make pledges - which, given the campaign’s state, they would not be charged for - to help show potential publishers the level of interest in the game.

Swery has managed to line up some partners, including Panzer Dragoon creator Yukio Futatsugi’s company Grounding, and others to be announced soon. The publishing help will see them hit Kickstarter with a lower funding goal, and Swery’s looking to correct the other issues he’s seen with the campaign. Those include poor communication after early leaks, bad explanations of the multiple versions, and an option for physical copies.

However it turns out, it’s already been a bit of a mess, but that’s something Swery is no stranger to. His last game, D4, was a weird and wild little thing which only saw two episodes of its planned story released before withering away on poor sales. Fans upset that they never saw a full conclusion haven’t been kind in light of Swery’s efforts to make the Good Life happen.

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So everything’s terrible, basically. Hopefully Swery can bring his latest project to a fully-formed conclusion.

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Glen_Runciter Avatar
5 Months ago

That title feels like something from Mad Libs.

Anakhoresis Avatar
5 Months ago

Oookay, so he was sick, and left the company, and then what? I'm not attached to the series and haven't played them, but if he's got that public of a standing in attachment with the series, he does have a bit of an obligation to finish it in my opinion. He could have worked in partnership with his previous company to finish the story, or at the very least given a reasonable explanation as to why that won't happen (which maybe he did, but it sure doesn't sound like it).

Why would people left hanging once want to give him another try when he hasn't explained why it happened the first time?

kagatoASUKA89 Avatar
5 Months ago

Its a bit difficult to explain. His company he was working for was partnered with Microsoft at first for the release of D4 then it was released to PC not being part of Microsoft but then Swery ended up becoming very sick to the point where his white bloodcell count was very very low putting him out of work for a long while which caused him to miss deadlines and have issues with the company he was currently with. He went on to get help with it and also went on a spirtual journey after doing so and became a monk after all of this he decided to leave the company to continue his training as a monk but due to the way he left so suddenly it caused both bad blood and a falling out and the company kept all of his work and IPs for themselves. Fast foward about a year later and he decides to make his own company to persue his continued passion of gaming then about a month ago this leak happened before leading up to this fig croudfunding campaign that just failed.

TsunamiWombat Avatar
5 Months ago

So the simple answer is, he doesn't even have the RIGHTS to make D4, because he doesn't own the IP anymore. That's not terribly complex