At the second time of asking, The Good Life has successfully managed to be crowdfunded and can now head into full development. Coming from Deadly Premonition creator Hidetaka “Swery” Suehiro and his studio White Owls alongisde Panzer Dragoon creator Yukio Futatsugi and his G-rounding team, it’s a surreal twist on the daily life sim genre like Animal Crossing.
You’ll play as Naomi, a journalist from New York who’s decided to move to the British town of Rainy Woods in order to pay of her debt. The only way to do that is to take pictures of the many strange and unusual happenings in the town, solving a murder mysteries along the way. You can also take on various odd jobs, such as milk delivery, sheep shearing and more. The game’s story and what happens to its inhabitants will change based on your actions and interactions.
The weirdest thing about the town? The moonlight turns all the townspeople (including Naomi) into either cats or dogs once a month.
The Good Life was first put onto the Fig crowdfunding site earlier this year, but failed to meet the target. After trying to improve the plan, they returned to put the game onto Kickstarter, where it’s now been successfully funded past its ¥68 million goal (around £450,000). However, it’s done so with just a couple of days to go and is still quite a way away from its ¥88 million goal which would lead to a Nintendo Switch version of the game. There’s still time to back the game, with funding set to end on Friday.
Failing to hit the stretch goal, the team will instead focus on creating more content for the game on PS4 and PC.