The proof is in the coffee, as FBI Special Agent Francis York Morgan might say. Deadly Premonition, one of the most polarizing games ever made (and maybe the only that deserves the Twin Peaks comparison marquee that people love to slap by it), is back. But not on the digital front. Rising Star Games are developing a board game version of Deadly Premonition, mugs of coffee probably not included.
On the new board game’s website, there’s even a countdown, which at the time of this writing as at 4 days, 5 hours, 30 minutes, and 22 seconds. Constantly, the seconds counter is depleting. It’s a mystery what will be revealed in just a little over four days’ time. Perhaps a pre-order link? Or more details on what this strange board game entails? Only time will tell.
Board game adaptations of video games are nothing new. While games leave digital screens for tabletops, their essences remain, even as their core gameplay obviously shifts. Recently, Bloodborne got a physical card game adaptation. Before that, The Witcher Adventure Game made its way to tables everywhere, still pinning players as the gruff Witcher Geralt.
There are dozens of other examples—both recent and dating way back to the golden age of Pokemon trading cards—but the fact stands: video games don't have to necessarily be tethered to technology at all times, and can find life elsewhere too. And sometimes, they’re just as enjoyable when you’re tossing out physical cards right before your very eyes.