Our review and those of myriad other publications are out for Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise from Hidetaka “Swery” Suehiro and Toybox, and the verdict is… it’s a thing, man. The popular sentiment is that it’s a unique and bizarre experience as expected, but whether that translates into an enjoyable, so-bad-it’s-good video game is another story. In particular, the frame rate and general technical performance are indefensibly terrible. So are there plans to address this? Mmm, apparently not. Not right now anyway. [Update at bottom]
Gaming critic Jim Sterling says he reached out to PR presumably from publisher Rising Star Games, and the representative said there are no current plans to address the Deadly Premonition 2 frame rate. If you choose to play the game, you’ll just have to live with it, with that frame rate that when outdoors literally looks like a series of photographs that are quickly being cycled through.
Personally, I rarely even notice the frame rate in games, and occasional dips truly don’t bother me. But with Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise, it’s considerably harder to turn a blind eye to. Nonetheless, for some fans, this will only enhance the game’s charm. It’s too bad there are still those 30-40-second load times to deal with though.
Update: Per journalist Patrick Klepek, a Deadly Premonition 2 publicist describes it as “inaccurate” that the game won’t receive any frame rate patches. That means either different PR people got their wires crossed, or they are seeing the extreme criticism of the frame rate and trying to save face.
A publicist for Deadly Premonition 2 tells me it’s “inaccurate” to say the game won’t receive a patch to address the game’s poor frame rate. They are “currently speaking with the developers” and “should have a better update soon.”
— Patrick Klepek (@patrickklepek) July 8, 2020