Microsoft didn't have too many complete shockers at their E3 press conference this year, but what they had was a doozy. In between trailers for flashy new IPs and world premieres of grayer and grittier first person shooters, Microsoft quietly announced they were publishing Swery65's new game, titled D4.
Swery65, best known for his work on Deadly Premonition, the completely bonkers send up of B-horror movies and Twin Peaks, is in charge of this game, which makes it a bit more interesting than the sum of its parts.
D4 is an episodic adventure game, which follows a man who can stop and travel through time. He uses this power to find his wife's killer, then stop her from being muredered. Seems a bit cliche, and even overlaps with the time shenanigans going in Microsoft's other time-travel Xbox One game, Quantum Break, but again, Swey65 brings a unique flavour to his games that really has to be experienced, for example: check out that DDR-themed combat.
D4 was probably the most interesting thing Microsoft has in terms of exclusives, in my opinion. The cartoony art style makes it stand out among the grey and brown shooters that are already populating the Xbox One, and showing off a game made by a quirky, relatively unknown Japanese auteur game designer at a major press conference makes me feel like Microsoft is really banking on Swery65 working his crazy magic once again.
Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be a sequel to the Swery-levels of crazy D and D2, made by recently-deceased Japanese game auteur Kenji Eno. I can only hope you dine on the heart of your dead mother at the end of this game too.