This week saw the welcome news that Access Games’ cult hit Deadly Premonition is finally set for a European release after Rising Star Games picked up the publishing rights and stated their intention to launch the survival horror title in PAL regions this autumn. It looks like the UK edition of the game will retain its budget status when it hits store shelves, with a likely retail price of £24.99 making it an attractive proposition for penny-pinchers.
Despite dividing critical opinion thanks to iffy production values and a decidedly laissez-faire attitude towards gaming conventions, the game has defied the odds by selling more than 50,000 copies since its initial North American release in February. Horror fans in Europe have been hoping for a chance to see what the fuss is all about and will be relieved to hear of Rising Star’s acquisition of the publishing rights, allaying previous fears that a PAL release might never materialise.
Managing Director Martin Defries states in the Rising Star press release that “having seen how Deadly Premonition split reviewers’ opinions in America, gamers are itching to get their hands on it to judge it for themselves. We have high hopes for what can only be described as the most distinctive survival horror game that has ever been released; it’s going to be interesting to see how the game is received over here. It’s a cult classic in the making.”
Sadly, the outlook isn’t quite as bright for our cousins in Australia. Rising Star announced earlier today that they currently have no plans to release Deadly Premonition in Australia, citing concerns that the game wouldn’t make it through the country’s stringent classification system unscathed. It wouldn’t be the first title to be deemed unsuitable for Australian audiences, and with no possibility of editing out any offending content, the likelihood is that Aussie gamers will have to keep their eyes peeled for a bargain on the import market instead.