Deadly Premonition, also known as Red Seeds Profile (レッドシーズプロファイル?) in Japan, is a 2010 open world, investigation video game with light survival-horror elements. It was developed by Access Games, and was by Hidetaka Suehiro.
On October, 2013, Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut was released for Microsoft Windows and Playstation 3.
The game centers on Francis York Morgan’s investigation of the murder of a young woman, Anna Graham, in a small rural town, Greenvale. The town sheriff George Woodman and his deputy Emily Wyatt assist him in his investigation. York generates considerable friction with his dismissive attitude toward the locals, bizarre demeanor, and tendency to interrupt conversations to deliver asides to an unseen person he refers to as "Zach". Throughout the game, York is seen entering dreamlike worlds featuring angelic versions of the key witnesses to the Anna Graham murder, twin children Isaach and Isaiah, and other characters. At certain point the character will enter an alternate version of Greenvale, the Otherworld, where he will have to eigher fight through hordes of the undead, or escape the main antagonist, the Raincoat Killer.
The game contain light survival-horror elements, in a similar fashion to Capcom’s Resident Evil 4 but the gun play is not the primary aspect of the game, some weapons have unlimited ammos, removing some of the survival aspect to the game. In fact the game wasn't supposed to have any combat in it, as it was a request of the publisher. The game contain a few escape scene in the style of early Clock Tower games.
The game is notable for implementing a free-roaming storyline within an open game world where all the characters have their own schedules. It has become known for being one of the most critically polarising games of all-time, receiving both extremely negative and extremely positive reviews. As well a gaining a cult following over the years.
- The game is based on Access Games’s previous cancelled title, Rainy Woods. Which was supposed to release for Playstation 2 and Xbox 360.
- Although Hidetaka Suehiro denied it, it is probable that the game takes heavy inspirations from the 1990's TV serie Twin Peaks.
- Apparently, the game is set in the same universe as Spy Fiction, a stealth game, also made by Access Games in 2003 for the Playstation 2.