Hidetaka Suehiro, also known as Swery the mind behind cult classics Deadly Premonition and D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die, has apologized to fans lashing out at him over crowdfunding his latest game The Good Life.
Fans angrily asked why Swery wouldn't finish D4 before beginning a new game, which prompted Swery to emotionally explain that his departure in ill health was to blame for D4's unfinished story.
THAT WAS MY FAULT.— HidetakaSwerySuehiro (@Swery65) October 12, 2017
SO I am sorry 10000 times.
But I was sick, and I have to left ex-company.
Life is sometimes difficult.
Life is sometimes tough than you think. https://t.co/zK9JVcRsEY
Swery was forced to leave Access Games – the studio he helped found in 2002 for D4 and Deadly Premonition – in 2015 on health grounds and Microsoft's publishing relationship on the episodic D4 title entered a holding pattern when he soon after retired.
His latest game The Good Life, under Swery's new studio White Owls Inc., is currently only 35% funded with less than nine hours to go despite being a detective game where everyone in the village turns into dogs or cats at night. It's a sad reminder that game development at the fringes of mainstream is extremely difficult and fan reaction is often not proportional to the difficulties involved.