It’s time to stop bugging Hidetaka “Swery” Suehiro about more D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die. The episodic murder mystery ended on a cliffhanger in 2015, and despite consistent pressure from fans, its designer has no plans to finish what he started.
Swery lashed out at Twitter followers this morning for the barrage of requests to complete the D4 project, which told the story of investigator David Young as he traveled through time to prevent his wife’s murder. The game designer announced back in 2015, following his departure from development house Access Games, that there would be no further episodes of D4. Yet Swery’s return to the public eye with his new crowdfunding project has brought back pleas for more.
Swery quote-tweeted one user who urged him to “finish D4 first” before moving onto The Good Life, his current game with new studio White Owls. In response, the designer lashed out at fans who refused to support his new endeavor.
“Unless I can finish D4, are there no right to make a new work?” Swery wrote. “He is the same as saying to me ‘You Fxxk die!!!’”
Is he serious ???????— HidetakaSwerySuehiro (@Swery65) October 12, 2017
I can't believe that.
Unless I can finish D4, are there no right to make a new work?
He is the same as saying to me "You Fxxk die!!!". https://t.co/qhn6pURCLF
That was one of several similar tweets Swery sent out this morning, telling users who asked about D4’s plot or potential return that he would “have to block you if you will continue this [conversation].”
His public backlash against the staunch D4 fanbase has inspired Swery supporters to come out in praise of his return to the spotlight.
D4 launched to tepid reviews and failed to sell well, something Swery commented on shortly after the game’s launch on Xbox One. Still, it inspired a cult fanbase, particularly among those who loved Swery’s similarly polarizing Deadly Premonition.
We asked Swery the same question about D4 in September at Tokyo Game Show (back before he’d had enough, we take it). He said that despite the abrupt ending, he feels as though D4’s story is complete.
“I feel these days recently that actually, although it got cut some three years ago in the middle, I started feeling like actually it is complete for me in my heart,” he told Polygon. “I brought some closure to it.”
He also brushed off fans who demanded to know the game’s true ending, since a season two would never come.
“It’s something I can’t help if someone is complaining about the thing,” he said. “You just say, ‘It’s already done.’ What if I just gave away the ending of the game on Twitter — how are you gonna feel about it? They won’t be excited to hear the ending so easily.”
Meanwhile, The Good Life’s crowdfunding campaign on Fig is almost up, with several thousands dollars — and nine hours — still left until it hits its goal.