Square Enix announce Life is Strange: a new face in the episodic adventure genre
Following the mediocre response to last year’s Capcom published action title Remember Me, Dontnod Entertainment have teamed up with Square Enix to create a new IP called Life is Strange.
The story follows Max Caulfield as she returns home to the fictional town of Arcadia Bay, Oregon, after being gone for five years. With the help of her reunited friend Chloe, they aim to uncover the disappearance of their fellow student Rachel; amazingly, Max soon discovers her mysterious ability to rewind time – this is expected to have severe implications on the story and player choices throughout the game.
With obvious similarities to the recent efforts of Telltale Games – Dontnod are using this narrative tool as a way to bring some existentialist themes to an otherwise straightforward premise, devoid of zombies and Fairytale creatures. The notions of consequence and changing time, alongside a unique looking hand drawn art style reflect an emphasis on originality.
“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”.
Life is Strange has been announced and will have digital availability for the PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. Currently there is no set release date, or an idea of the spacing and quantity of the game’s episodes.