Life Is Strange releases tomorrow, January 30, 2015, for PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One & Xbox 360; and is an Episodic Graphic Novel Adventure Game developed by Dontnod Entertainment & published by Square Enix. It is made by the same developers who created Capcom’s Remember Me (2013).
Check out this Life Is Strange trailer.
The first episode of Life is Strange, is entitled “Chrysalis”, and will be followed by four more episodes every six weeks. Five episodes total.
Life is Strange follows up on many of the same themes as “Remember Me”, regarding Memory, Loss & Time, but in a completely new genre. This time they are tackling Adventure Games, rather than Action Adventure.
Check out the first Life is Strange Developer Diary: A New Beginning.
“Life is Strange sets out to revolutionize story based choice and consequence games by allowing the player to rewind time and affect the past, present and future.”
You are Max, a photography senior who saves her old friend Chloe by discovering she can rewind time. The pair soon find themselves exposed to the darker side of Arcadia Bay as they uncover the disturbing truth behind the sudden disappearance of a fellow student.
Check out the second Life is Strange Developer Diary: Butterfly Effect.
Meanwhile, Max begins to have premonitions as she struggles to understand the implications of her power. She must quickly learn that changing the past can sometimes lead to a devastating future.
From the creators: “With high quality production values and a unique hand-drawn art style, Life Is Strange is a compelling, story-driven experience where choice and consequence play a key role in how the narrative unfolds.”
Key Life Is Strange Features
* A beautifully written modern adventure game.
* Rewind time to change the course of events.
* Multiple endings depending on the choices you make.
* Striking, hand-painted visuals.
* Distinct, licensed indie soundtrack.
Check out the third, and last, Life is Strange Developer Diary: Creating Arcadia Bay.
“Everybody at Dontnod is excited to be working on such a refreshing title,” said Jean-Max Moris, Creative Director at Dontnod Entertainment. “We’re not only crafting the best game we possibly can, we also feel we’re providing the type of experience that perfectly fits today’s renewed taste for originality and diversity”.
“When we first saw Life Is Strange we immediately realized that Dontnod have created a unique experience, something special,” said Jon Brooke, VP Brand and European Marketing Square Enix Europe. “Everyone who’s seen the game has instantly fallen in love with its distinctive style and mood”.
Finally, check out the first 20 minutes of Life is Strange gameplay!
Life Is Strange is an absolutely brilliant idea.
I wasn’t a fan of the art-style from what I first saw, but it has begun to grow on me, and I think the game overall looks really, really slick.
I love the fact that the developers aren’t scared to tackle deep & serious themes. They really are filling a niche for “thinking man’s” games that really make you ponder life and re-examine priorities.
Additionally, the Butterfly Effect mechanic they have going is absolutely genius.
While Time Manipulation is something that many games have implemented, none of them have gone to these lengths or come at time manipulation in such an innovative manner… They usually amount to simply having the ability to Rewind, Fast Forward, or Stop time; So it’s very interesting to see a developer who is actually able to really innovate within the time manipulation space.
Definitely looking forward to trying this game out!
Will you be following the Life Is Strange Episodic Series?