Hidetaka "Swery65" Suehiro and Remedy Entertainment seem to be pilfering inspiration from the same muse, though handling what it extracts in very different ways.
Swery65's Rainy Woods
– which would later be retooled and released as the horror-focused title Deadly Premonition
– and Remedy's thriller Alan Wake
led fans and critics to compare both games to the landmark David Lynch and Mark Frost cult-hit series Twin Peaks
. While Swery65's title ditched many of the similarities to the show when it changed its name, comparisons linger, such as Deadly Premonition
's strange characters, mysterious setting, and a protagonist's proclivity for "damn fine coffee
." Alan Wake
also featured similar elements.
Though these similarities are undoubtedly coincidence, it appears the Finnish team at Remedy and the Japanese team at Access Games have once again tapped the same creative vein for the theme of each team's next title.
and Remedy's Quantum Break
are completely different in look and gameplay style, yet they share a startling similarity: both are time travel mysteries structured episodically and coming exclusively to the Xbox One.
Though completely separate universes, both games have themes focused on time manipulation. Which timeline would you like to explore?