The long-awaited sequel to the cult classic video game, Deadly Premonition, has finally been given a release date of July 10, 2020. A new trailer was released showing us what looks like the opening credits of a TV show, complete with its own theme music. This haunting, yet catchy theme song perfectly captures the vibe of Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise.
Deadly Premonition 2 was first announced in a Nintendo Direct in September 2019. Players who had never played the original were able to when a remake of the first game, called Deadly Premonitions Origins, was released for the Switch as soon as the sequel was announced.
The original Deadly Premonition follows the events of FBI Agent, Francis York Morgan (Call him York — everyone else does) as he’s sent to the town of Greenvale, Washington, to investigate a serial killer known as the Raincoat Killer. The game is a psychological horror where York, and his unseen friend, Zach, will have to examine the town, talk to the people, and come to the bottom of every secret Greenvale is hiding.
Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise acts as both a sequel and a prequel to the original title, as players will bounce back and forth between modern-day Boston as a series newcomer, Aaliyah Davis investigates the long-forgotten story of a serial killer. Francis York Morgan’s story takes place in the past as he looks into a town in southern Louisiana. Players will bounce back and forth between these two characters and hopefully discover the hidden threads connecting their stories.
Deadly Premonition had gained notoriety since its release for the Xbox 360 back in 2010, and currently holds the Guinness World Record for the Most Critically Polarizing Survival Horror Game. The game takes massive inspiration from the TV show, Twin Peaks, and has many surreal and peculiar moments. Many players see Deadly Premonition as an example of games as art that creates an experience that could only work in the gaming medium, while some just see it as a poorly made game. The game left an impact on its audience, and it’s looking like Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise is aiming to have that lightning strike twice.
But will the fans of the original title enjoy the new adventures of Mr. Francis York Morgan? Will the developers acknowledge the criticisms and complaints that the critics had for the first title and make an even better experience? We’ll find out when Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise launches digitally and physically for the Nintendo Switch on July 10, 2020.