What is the Life Is Strange Season 2 release date? Everyone’s asking that question, and the short answer is a guess for end January 2016 at the earliest and more realistically January 2017 at the latest. Now let’s go over these rumors and we’ll update this page once it gets confirmed! – Note that Life Is Strange sold over one million copies by the end of July 2015, so with its huge popularity OF COURSE there WILL be a SEASON 2, even if the developers have not yet confirmed it officially (despite Dontnod’s founder almost saying so in a recent interview). Another hint we’re actually getting a Season 2 is obviously the open ending that concluded Season 1! So please share your Season 2 ideas in the comments!
Take a look at how the final episode of Season 1 plays out with both endings here:
Life Is Strange Season 2 Release Date
We are guesstimating Q1 2016-2017 as the release period of Season 2’s first episode!
Why? Because Season 1 made its debut on January 30th, 2015 and it took a full two months before the next episode got released. At that point the original 6-8 week development window per Episode was thrown out the window in favor of giving us more polished future Episodes of Life Is Strange. After Episode 2 the studio settled on a 9-10 week dev cycle per Episode for the series, they announced at San Diego Comic-Con 2015.
As a result we expect the developers to take a little more time to work on the first few episodes of Season 2, so that they won’t have to rush them out the door — or better yet shorten the time between episodes for the fans — with more preparation having been done before the first episode debuts in a tentative January-March 2016 period.
More realistically (as a game producer, Ely, puts it) Season 2 may take a full year of pre-production.
To quote: “The difference with a new season is that it will take literally a year to develop the common assets shared between episodes. When they make episode 2/3/4, they’re mostly recycling the same props, locations and characters. A new season would be new locales, people, plots and items and would need a lot more asset pre-production.”
This would mean Season 2 gets to keep the same schedule as Season 1, even if it’s as late as January 2017, which is what most episodic series seem to aim for. Delays notwithstanding.
Life Is Strange fanart gallery:
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What are the hints for Season 2?
Season 1 Open Ending:
The lighthouse “Cliff” endings give you the choice to decide to sacrifice Chloe and save the town or not do that, if you do let Chloe die, it ends with Chloe being buried as Max sees a blue butterfly fly by and land on her coffin. Max smiles in the ending shot, knowing she made the right choice to save many lives over the one. Supposedly this is the “good” ending.
However, there’s a second “Cliff” ending! If you decide to sacrifice Arcadia Bay and save Chloe’s life, the pair live and end up leaving Arcadia Bay together by car. What will be next for them? Is Chloe cursed to die Final Destination-style and will the storm keep chasing them until Max has undone the butterfly effect? Only TIME will tell!
Watch the open ending from “Episode 5: Polarized” to see both Max & Chloe drive off on a “road trip”:
Quotes from the developers:
Community manager Scott Blows asks your questions to the DONTNOD developers, where they answered everything about the Life Is Strange series live from the E3 2015 show. Watch the 50-minutes-long Q&A below.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at in a new video that shows how they make the Episodes.
DONTNOD Entertainment recently visited BAFTA, London, where they spoke in detail about Life Is Strange in the ongoing ‘BAFTA Showcase’ series. — In the video Michel Koch (Co-Game Director), Raoul Barbet (Co-Game Director), Luc Baghadoust (Producer) and Alejandro Arque Gallardo (Designer, Square-Enix) share their design philosophies and reveal the intricate network of choices and consequences running in the background that determine the content of future scenes and events for the player.
Fun tidbit: Could we be hearing Max sing in future episodes?
Hannah Telle — the American voice actor for Maxine “Max” Caulfield in Life Is Strange — has made a cover of Life is Strange’s “Obstacles” song by Syd Matters!
Update November 6, 2015: In an interview with French website Alchimy.info, Alain Damasio — Life is Strange’s Script Doctor & developer Dontnod’s founder — has confirmed he’ll be working on Life is Strange Season 2!!!!
Question: “Do you have any other video game projects after Remember Me?”
Answer: “We were supposed to make a [Remember Me] 2 but it doesn’t work with Capcom. I worked as a Script Doctor on Life is Strange, a game developed by Dontnod, and I will participate in the follow up, Life is Strange 2.
Since word got out about this unintentional confirmation of Life is Strange Season 2, the article writer has retracted the statement (on the developer’s request?) to instead say “if there is a follow up” at the end of his quote.
So there you have it! Official backpedaling on a Season 2 confirmation, why would they go through all that trouble unless they were working on it. I love it when a denial (instead of a no comment) becomes the confirmation, it’s just so obvious developer Dontnod want to announce Season 2 themselves when they are good and ready.
Update April 21, 2016: Michel Koch and Luc Baghadoust from developer DONTNOD answered fan questions about Season 1.
00:03 – How did you pick the music and songs for specific scenes?
02:00 – Is there an artist or song you didn’t manage to include, but would have liked to?
03:05 – Is there an artist or song you could recommend fans check out?
04:22 – What kind of influences did you draw from?
05:20 – Were there any scenes or parts of the story that were cut?
09:07 – What were the main things you looked for when casting characters?
13:40 – Did Chloe change very much during development?
16:00 – Was there ever a third or a different main character?
17:44 – What would you add to the game if you had unlimited resources?
21:23 – How did you pick what issues to focus on in Life is Strange?
Any future project updates will be added in this section.