By now, you’ve probably heard of a Japanese gentleman called “Swery”. I’ve never met the man, but judging by his track record as director of Deadly Premonition and Dark Dreams Don’t Die, he may be a certifiable madman. His games are what you could politely call unique, usually narrative heavy and loaded with pop-culture references. They are also incredibly weird, though, to a point where they might be off-putting. However, his newest title will combine murder mysteries and adorable cat antics, so maybe The Good Life will find more than cult success.

The Good Life takes place in Rainy Woods, England, the happiest town in the world. That status might have something to do with each villager turning into a cat at night, and getting up to all sorts of cat-related frivolity. Curiously, no one remembers what they do at night. Players embody Naomi, a photographer from New York who discovers a murder in Rainy Woods, and sets out to uncover its secrets. Naomi also turns into a cat at night, and players will use this altered mobility to explore the town in a new way and gather clues. And probably also chase lasers, or jump in boxes.

The Good Life is Swery’s first title from his newly formed studio, White Owls. The game will be entering crowdfunding through Fig on 3 September, so more details should be available soon.

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