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Deadly Premonition's Swery65 sets up indie studio White Owls

"We want to create games for you, the people who like us."

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Developer Hidetaka "Swery65" Suehiro has announced the creation of a brand new indie studio called White Owls, which comes only a few months after he left Access Games.

White Owls' brand new Facebook page says this: "We, White Owls Inc. are just a newly born studio. However, I am developing very hard to deliver a wonderful game to you all over the world. I look forward to your continued support."

Suehiro goes into more detail about the company in an interview, however, explaining his reasons for setting up White Owls. "Starting in November of 2015, I left my company for a year-long period of medical treatment," he said. "During that time, I started to feel a sense of danger in regards to the large separation between the Japanese market and the international market, as well as the changes happening in our era, and with my own philosophies. I really wanted to do something about this, but I was unable to fill that void within the unique environment that is a (Japanese) company."

"Midst my internal struggle, I received some advice from my fellow creators in the West. "Instead of spending time trying to change the people around you, you should go independent and actually focus on doing what you believe in!" It made perfect sense! So I immediately started making preparations to go independent."

In terms of what fans can expect, he said: "We want to create games for you, the people who like us. Games that are bizarre, scary, grotesque, and dreamlike, yet also have a strange realism. Games that remind you of the past, that are comical, and sad yet lovable. Those are the kind of games we'll be making."

"In order to make my ideas into realities, I've signed a contract with Blake Rochkind, an agent from UTA. In the near future, I'm pretty sure this white owl will be soaring out over the entire world! In the end, I'd like to use this space to thank my family, who've always supported my health, and all my fans who've been cheering me on day in and day out. Thank you so very much. That's it."

What would you like to see Suehiro produce next?

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