One form of gaming that has really taken the world by storm (pun intended) in recent years is episodic gaming. This is mostly a gaming format that revolves around a set amount of “episodes”, in which you continue a narrative or story. Made popular by Tell Tale Games and their franchises like The Walking Dead or Batman, Square Enix decided to get into this format of gaming and came out with one of the most popular, emotional and breathtaking games in recent years. That game was called Life Is Strange, and today we are going to look at the latest developments on the game’s sequel, Life Is Strange 2.
Created by developer Dontnod, the player is thrust into the shoes of 18 year old Maxine Caulfield, an aspiring photographer attending the Blackwell Academy in the fiction town of Arcadia Bay in Oregon. In a photography class she discovers she has the ability to rewind time and change the events of her life. This sets her on a crash course through her newfound powers and on a journey to stop a coming storm that threatens to destroy the town. The five episode game in 2015 captured audience’s hearts and minds in a way few games have done before, and from there a franchise was born.
Since the game’s release, a prequel three episode game called Life Is Strange: Before the Storm has ben released, as well as a free spin-off game called The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit, a heart-wrenching tale of a young boy who creates a fictional superhero and world in order to cope with the loss of his mother. Now a sequel to the original game is coming called Life Is Strange 2, and new details are emerging to share the direction this new game is going in.
Due out this September on the 27th, the game will follow two brothers, sixteen year old Sean Diaz and his nine year old brother Daniel. After a supernatural event takes the life of a local police officer, Sean becomes wanted for the crime and he and his brother flee Seattle and go on a journey to return to their home of Puerto Lobos, Mexico. Players will be able to interact with the environment and objects in the game, as well as interact with NPC’s using dialogue trees to guide the events of the game. The decisions made during The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit are said to carry over into this sequel game as well, and quite possibly deals with the fallout of your decision in the first game also.
Life Is Strange 2 is promising to be as visually and emotionally stunning as it’s predecessor. The gameplay mechanics at work here highlight the game’s focus on narrative and character building rather than action, and showcase a form of video game development that doesn’t always get noticed by the wider gaming community as a whole. With the game a month away from being released, fans are eager to see the first episode and find out how this sequel ties into the franchise overall. Be sure to get Episode 1 on PS4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows on September 27th, 2018.
Check out the official trailer for the game down below!