Japanese developer, Hidetaka Suehiro, better known as Swery65, is returning to game development as part of a new studio, White Owls Inc. Suehiro had been taking time off from the industry since late 2015 due to ongoing health problems. As of last October he had stepped down as director of Access Games – where he wrote and directed Deadly Premonition and D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die.
In a welcome message on Facebook, Swery introduced his new studio: “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.” While no new information is currently available on their sole title, White Owl promise “unique content that you’re looking for, which you won’t be able to find anywhere else.”
“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.”
Elsewhere on the website doesn’t provide much useful content. On the ‘About Us’ page you can find information on Swery65 next to a rather spiffy image of him with a top hat and moustache and holding a white owl. You can also find the ‘PR Rep’, Sharapova, a stuffed monkey – it seems Hidetaka Suehiro hasn’t changed one bit.