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Oct 252019

As announced during a recent IGN Japan live stream, game developers Suda51 and Swery65 are planning to make a horror game together.

For a long time, I frequently got the two of them mixed up due to the similarity of the names and their reputation for making “weird” games, but that doesn’t happen much now that I’m more familiar with their work.

Suda51 is the man behind games such as The Silver Case, which I reviewed last year, Killer7, Shadows of the Damned, and the No More Heroes series. Swery65 is the man behind Deadly Premonition, Dark Dreams Don’t Die, and The Missing, which I reviewed for MonsterVine, as well as The Good Life, which we’ve discussed before.

(So they’re responsible for a bunch of games that I’ve either played or want to play in the future, especially if they get re-releases, *cough*No More Heroes*cough*.)

Anyway, the two are teaming up to develop a horror game tentatively titled Hotel Barcelona, potentially about a magazine writer visiting a hotel. They want the game to be “light and easy to play,” and possibly involve multiple timelines that will be pieced together for the narrative, as well as multiple protagonists.

Keiichiro Toyama might also join them for this project. He is the creator of the Siren series, as well as the original Silent Hill.

During the live stream, they said Devolver Digital would be publishing the game, but Devolver later tweeted that the game had yet to be pitched to them.

Hotel Barcelona is clearly still in the earliest days of its development, with concepts for the game still being worked out, but the names behind it are enough to have it intrigued. Here’s hoping we’ll be discussing Hotel Barcelona in more detail sometime in the future!

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  8 Responses to “Suda51 and Swery65 Are Planning a Horror Game”

  1. I liked Deadly Premonition and I’m interested in trying The Good Life. I’d be really curious to see what these two could come up with together.

    • Yes, they sound like they could come up with something pretty interesting together, even more so if they get the Silent Hill/Siren creator involved.

      • It would be interesting, but I wonder how well they would work together? Silent Hill was goofy at times/had a sense of humour to it, but over all it’s pretty serious. The other two designers seem to go in for humour a lot more. I’d love to see what they would come up with anyway.

        • Hmm, I don’t know… having played The Missing, I’d say Swery65 can certainly write something dark and serious, and not only did The Silver Case have its share of dark moments, but Suda51 also worked on Fatal Frame IV (which unfortunately was never localized) and I think some other horror games too.

          • I should try The Missing. I never heard it before. I wish that Fatal Frame had been localized. Guess it’s just not popular enough in the west. :/

            • The Missing: J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories, to be specific.

              I keep hoping that Nintendo will bring not only Fatal Frame V, but also IV to the Switch and then localize IV for the first time.

  2. Seems like an interesting game. Multiple timelines and all of that stuff sounds pretty ambitious…

    • They seem like the sort that could pull it off. I believe the Siren series (which I haven’t played yet) also did stuff with multiple playable characters, which is how his potential involvement came up.

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