The minds behind Deadly Premonition and D4 are teaming up for a new vision. After teasing the news yesterday, Goichi Suda and Hidetaka Suehiro, or Suda51 and Swery65, announced they are co-developing an indie horror game called Hotel Barcelona.
Announced on an IGN Japan livestream this morning, Suda and Swery answered a few questions about the project after the big reveal. Via Nibel, the budget for Hotel Barcelona is $1 million and it’s inspired by Siren, an old PlayStation horror series. Swery also mentioned David Lynch and Twin Peaks as inspirations, which shouldn’t be too surprising given how much Deadly Premonition drew from the series.
Apparently, the project is already gaining steam. The two have reportedly been in talks with Devolver Digital for publishing, though that might have been a surprise to Devolver Digital. Also, the two developers apparently decided to text Silent Hill and Siren creator Keiichiro Toyama mid-presentation to get him involved, and he said yes. I guess that works, but only if you’re Swery. It was an odd way to announce partners, or prospective partners, but it was at least fitting with the kind of tone you’d want from a collaboration between these two.
Both developers are also currently working away on their own projects. Suda51 is building up the official third entry in the No More Heroes series, while Swery is working on a sequel to Deadly Premonition. Regardless, the two are also collaborating on Hotel Barcelona, which at least doesn’t sound like it’s going to be too intensive; they say the game is going to be “easy to pick up,” and might possibly come to mobile.
We’re very interested to see what these two, as well as the talent pool they’re rapidly accumulating, manage to create. Hopefully this combination of stylish, distinct voices can create the Siren spiritual successor fans have been waiting for, assuming there are diehard Siren fans still holding out hope somewhere.