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Swery’s offbeat detective thriller The Good Life is coming to PC and console next month.

Following four years of development, The Good Life will be released on Steam, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch on October 15, 2021.

Stifle those yawns, dear reader. This is not a game based on the classic British TV sitcom of the same name starring Richard Briers and Felicity Kendal – actually, that would be absolutely brilliant – it’s the latest game from game developer Hidetaka Suehiro aka Swery (Deadly Premonition) and Yukio Futatsugi (Panzer Dragoon, Phantom Dust).

Set in the quintessential picture-postcard British village of Rainy Woods, The Good Life follows the exploits of Naomi, an American photographer researching the “happiest town in the world”. A mystery ensues, and players will have to follow multiple leads, engage in photography-based gameplay, and spend time as a cat or dog to uncover the town’s hellish secrets.

It’s a seemingly ambitious game, with recipe crafting, crop harvesting, and house renovations among the other pleasures in store. Luckily, help is at hand from Flamingo, the in-game social media app.

Take a look at the new release date trailer.

It’s always tempting to be slightly cynical about Swery’s work, but plenty of folks like Deadly Premonition and The Missing: J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories was widely acclaimed.

And, in The Good Life, you can also ride a sheep. So what the hell do we know?

The Good Life

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