In his GDC presentation on the Harvest Moon
series, Deadly Premonition
executive producer Yasuhiro Wada teased two new possible installments of the series in collaboration with its director, Swery.
While Wada spent the bulk of his talk reviewing the 16 year history of the farming franchise he created, he touched, in the end, on his future plans with his new company Toybox.
While working at Deadly Premonition
's Japanese publisher, Marvelous Entertainment, Wada was the executive producer of the Xbox 360 cult hit. The game was developed by the Osaka-based Access Games and directed by Hidetaka "Swery" Suehiro.
The original game came out on both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in Japan, but, "We faced some challenges... We weren't able to release the full experience" that was intended, he said. Because of this, the game "was not released on the PS3 in the West."
Despite its weaknesses, he recognizes that the game has "developed a cult following."
He said he hopes to announce that this will change -- hinting at a new, enhanced version of the original game. "We're working on a PS3 release. We still have a few hurdles to overcome, but hopefully we'll be able to show you something at E3," said Wada.
He also said that at his new company, Toybox, he is working with Swery on a new title, and hopes to have news about that at E3, too. He strongly hinted that it would follow in the footsteps of Deadly Premonition
without saying anything outright.
: 1UP's Bob Mackey spoke to Wada after the presentation and confirmed via Twitter
that the only game Wada intended to tease at the conference was an enhanced version of the original Deadly Premonition