D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die Season 2, Episode 3 [Cancelled – PC, Xbox One]

D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die Season 2, Episode 3 [Cancelled – PC, Xbox One]

D4: Dark Dreams Don’t DieSeason 1 – was an awesomely weird adventure game by Access Games and Swery65, released after their cult – Twin Peaks inspired – Deadly Premonition. While the game was announced by Microsoft at E3 20013 as a “kinect waggle game for hardcore gamers” in the end D4 can also be played with a traditional controller and the first episode was also released on Steam in June 2015.

Unfortunately D4 was meant to be divided into different “seasons” (with a few episodes each), as a TV series. Only the first two episodes (Season 1) were ever released, while D4: Season 2 was sadly cancelled when Swery65 had to take a break from Access Games in November 2015 to recover from a serious illness and then definitely left the company for internal reasons in October 2016.

We should also consider that D4 did not sold much on Xbox One (and neither on PC) and that’s probably the major reason why Season 2 / Episode 3 was canned. For sure Access Games and Microsoft would have developed other episodes without Swery if the first one would have been a huge success.

Season 1 of D4 is still an original – short – game full of strange characters and it’s worth playing if you love weird games, but it ends with a huge cliffhanger that will probably never be resolved. Swery and Access Games had a few months to work on the sequel, but unfortunately we don’t know how much was ever done on it. Only a single scene of D4: Season 2 was ever shown, thanks to an interview with Swery by Gamasutra:

D4 Dark Dreams Dont Die Season 2 Episode 3 screenshot D4 Dark Dreams Dont Die Season 2 Episode 3 screenshot

D4 sells well on PC, can we expect future episodes?

Swery: It’ll be a little longer until I can start talking about new episodes, but I’m doing my best. The next season will be even better than you’re all expecting, so please keep cheering me on.

…no?

…You can’t accept that answer?

…Uuuh…

Okay, then. Just this once, just for you, I’ll show you a single picture.”

You can still support Swery65‘s new games (such as The Good Life) by following him on Twitter and wait for his next project with White Owls!


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5 thoughts on “D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die Season 2, Episode 3 [Cancelled – PC, Xbox One]

  1. Alex

    Oh this one still stings a lot. I came to D4 late since I discovered the unbridled joy of Deadly Premonition around 2015 and played D4 thereafter. If you love games with quirky characters and a singular auteur’s vision, Swery is your man.

    I can’t wait to play The Good Life. It will be weird and wonderful. I’m happy that he is continuing to make games and I hope he stays healthy for a long time.

    1. monokoma Post author

      indeed! such a shame this series has no future, the first episodes were super good. One day i’d like to really know what happened at Access Games and why Swery had to go :(

  2. LiqMat

    Regarding your mention of “White Owls”, they currently have a prototype demo and staff member game available for download their website as well. Probably should grab those before they also disappear into oblivion.

    The first download is the prototype demo of their game “The Good Life” and you can grab it over at their Kickstarter page >> https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/476090608/the-good-life?ref=project_build

    The second download is a staff member game called “Break Out” and it looks quite nice and is free >> https://www.whiteowls.co.jp/other-contents-eng

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