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Swery's The Good Life Kickstarter fully funded at over $660,000

Deadly Premonition developer's second attempt at crowdfunding cat-themed mystery game succeeds with late surge of backers

Notable Japanese creator Suehiro 'Swery' Hidetaka has finally raised the money required to develop his next project, mystery RPG The Good Life.

Described by Swery as a "debt repayment daily life RPG", the title will see players taking odd jobs to earn money while also investigating why the town's inhabitants turn into cats and dogs at night.

The game's Kickstarter campaign has reached its goal of $650,000 (¥68 million) with less than two days to go. Swery now hopes to have the PC and PS4 versions ready for release by Q3 2019, but is pushing for extra pledges in these final hours to fund a Switch port.

At the time of writing, the total stands at $660,536.55 (¥72.4 million). Even if some backers withdraw their pledges, it's a comfortable margin to ensure the project receives enough funds.

This is the second time Swery has used crowdfunding to finance The Good Life, following an unsuccessful Fig campaign. The previous venture aimed for $1.5 million, but only raised $682,000. He has since secured funding from other partners, including Sony Music's indie games label Unties - hence the lowered goal for the Kickstarter campaign.

PCGamesN reports that the project had yet to reach half its target just one week ago, but the release of a playable demo sparked more interest in the game.

In an update on the Kickstarter page, Swery wrote: "I want to send my gratitude for every backer. One of my dreams will come true by your support. Thank you so much."

We spoke to Swery last month about how crowdfunding The Good Life will enable him to keep the IP and why the game has so many cats.

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