Deadly Premonition 2 is almost here, but early reviews of the game reveal that the sequel is plagued by some truly astonishing technical problems.
We know that it may not come as a surprise to hear that the sequel to the infamously “so bad it’s good” Deadly Premonition isn’t a technical masterpiece, but we don’t know if you can truly appreciate how bad the game’s performance is until you see it in motion. From various glitches to loading screens so long you’d swear they’re a deliberate throwback to the PS1, Deadly Premonition 2 is looking rough.
Yet, the biggest technical issue with Deadly Premonition 2 is the game’s frame rate. At best, Deadly Premonition 2‘s frame rate is far below optimal. At worst, the game slows down so badly that it produces a kind of “slideshow” effect that can render the game nearly unplayable.
That’s bad, but this story gets worse when you consider that early reports indicated that video game critic/personality Jim Sterling was informed by the Deadly Premonition 2 PR team that there are currently no plans in place to fix the game’s problems.
Since then, Sterling has sent out a tweet that clarifies that he was informed by the Deadly Premonition 2 PR team that the game’s developers are currently “looking into our options for a possible patch, but nothing is confirmed yet.” On top of that, Deadly Premonition 2 director and writer Hidetaka Suehiro had this to say (via a translator) regarding the sequels technical problems:
“There will not be a patch released in time for the release date, but Swery’s going to take everyone’s opinions and points into account, and he’s going to fight with the producer to get something done at some point after the game’s release”
The idea that the game’s director may have to “fight” with the producers in order to implement some bug fixes is certainly not something you typically want to hear, but at least it seems like the team is aware of Deadly Premonition 2‘s problems and want to try to do something about it sometime down the road.
As for the rest of the game, early impressions suggest that Deadly Premonition 2 doesn’t quite capture the magic of the original but it does retain the Twin Peaks-esque weirdness of its predecessor and many of the other bizarre design concepts that helped the original Deadly Premonition overcome some serious flaws and establish a unique legacy.