The most polarizing video game of all time, Deadly Premonition, is getting a board game. They've gone the ole Kickstarter route and, while the project was funded in short order, you can still jump on the bandwagon if you want to insure you get a copy of your own this winter.
In case you missed out on Deadly Premonition, it's an open-world murder mystery game that's basically a first cousin of Twin Peaks. Coming from the mad mind of legendary developer Swery, player were tasked with exploring a large town, questioning witnesses, shooting undead monsters and taking part in all sorts of other bizarre activities in order to solve the mystery behind who killed a local teen. All these years later, the folks at Rising Star Games have decided Deadly Premonition would make for an entertaining board game and have brought their project to Kickstarter.
According to the page, the game funded its goal $50,000 in about eight hours. As of this writing, a total of 1,734 backers have put $108,985 into the project with 25 days left in the campaign. The project blew through the first seven stretch goals, and is currently working on a new Agent Character for players to take on the role of that will be designed by Swery himself. That tier will be reached at $125,000. The board game is set to launch this December and the standard tier is $30, in case you're curious.
The board game follows a similar tale to the video game version of Deadly Premonition. Players take on the role of Agents investigating the murder of Anna Graham by the Raincoat Killer. Cards will set the guidelines, conditions and things of that nature, while players work to form alliances, gain trust, break that trust and discover who the killer actually is.
The team has put together a video giving a rundown of what we can expect. If you aren't into cool mood-setting scenes from the game, just skip to about 1:30 in the video.
Honestly, I couldn't be more excited for a board game adaptation of Deadly Premonition. The game is so street-rat crazy and, if I'm being blunt, so-bad-it's-actually-great, it absolutely captivated me when I first played it all those years ago. The fact that I get to venture back into that world, even in board game form, is a pretty exciting.
And based on the reaction of the Kickstarter community, I'm not the only one who feels that way. Here's hoping December doesn't take its sweet time in getting here. Also, just putting this out there, but Deadly Premonition absolutely needs to be re-launched on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. It's a bizarre piece of games history that more people need to take a crack at.