Rising Star Games has officially pegged the release date for the PlayStation 3 incarnation of Deadly Premonition: Director’s Cut as April 30, 2013.

In an announcement that doubles as an attempt to push fans toward pre-ordering Deadly Premonition: Director’s Cut, publisher Rising Star Games has announced April 30 as the date on which which the game will make its PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Network debut.

As I just mentioned, the announcement is heavily slanted toward pre-selling the reworked Xbox 360 game. Rising Star Games promises that those who pre-order the title from select retailers (Amazon and GameStop, most notably), will be granted access to “downloadable content so plush, that Agent York (and Zach) will feel like their investigation in the small country town of Greenvale just turned into a vacation.” Bizarrely the message doesn’t illustrate what this content might be, and neither Amazon nor GameStop have any additional content listed. Still, it must be “plush” as otherwise why would Rising Star Games use such a baffling descriptor?

Assuming this utter lack of information on the game’s pre-order bonuses doesn’t dissuade you from picking up a game that’s easily described as a Japanese homage to Twin Peaks, the Director’s Cut offers fans a host of new content not found in its initial incarnation. Have a look:

New Features for Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut:

New Scenario – Surprising new scenario from the game’s director, Hidetaka “Swery” Suehiro that will please new and hardcore fans alike
HD graphics – complete graphic overhaul with new HD textures
Improved Controls – reworked control system and mappable controls allow for an even better combat experience
Downloadable content – Expand the mystery beyond the original game and let Agent York (and Zach) live it up in Greenvale – Details TBA…*PROFILING STAR*

Hm. Perhaps that “Downloadable Content” mentioned in the game’s feature list is the aforementioned pre-order content? I attempted to contact Rising Star Games a few moments ago, but it’s quite late in the day so the lack of a response isn’t entirely surprising. Expect an update when/if we hear back.

While the announcement does include a description of the game’s plot, Deadly Premonition is an undeniably odd game. Instead of copy/pasting that text here, I’ll direct you to this Hardcore Gaming 101 retrospective on the title. As with all HG 101 articles, it should be seen as the definitive take on Deadly Premonition, though I will warn prospective players that reading the text in its entirety may spoil certain key plot points. As those who played the original version of the game will tell you, spoiling the bizarre events of Deadly Premonition would be a huge mistake on your part.

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