Announced back in 2017 with a Kickstarter campaign, The Good Life has been more mysterious than its story beats. The game, a brainchild of Hidetaka “Swery” Suehiro, the director of Deadly Premonition and D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die, has seen failed Kickstarter campaigns, a demo on Steam, delays and then absolute silence. That changed out of nowhere today, as Swery himself posted a video to his Twitter page announcing that The Good Life will finally be released for PC in summer 2021.
The video, which opens with an adorable clip of Swery himself, includes a new trailer for The Good Life as well as another reveal. The game has finally found a publisher in The Irregular Corporation, a London-based indie publisher.
Living the good life next year
Swery’s games have always been somewhat strange, or downright esoteric in the case of Deadly Premonition. Their unifying trait is a central mystery to the story, and that’s not lacking in The Good Life. The game puts players in the shoes of Naomi Woods, a reporter from New York City, hired to unravel a mysterious murder in Rainy Woods, a quaint town in rural England that calls itself “the happiest town in the world.”
As with any “happiest town in the world,” things aren’t as they seem. Woods soon discovers this as she transforms into a dog and a cat, luckily keeping her sunglasses the entire time. Using these newfound powers, Woods has to help the residents of Rainy Woods as she cracks the quiet town’s murder mystery.
With its 2021 release window finally revealed, The Good Life has taken another big step: you can now find the game on Steam. It can’t be preordered, but there is a touch more information on what players will be able to do in the sleepy town of Rainy Woods in the game’s store page.