The first trailer for Life is Strange: Before the Storm has been unveiled during Microsoft’s E3 2017 press conference.
Life is Strange: Before the Storm takes place three years before the events of the original game in Arcadia Bay. Before the Storm will be told over three episodes with the first one releasing on August 31 on the Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
Developers DONTNOD will not be developing the prequel. Instead Life is Strange: Before the Storm will be developed by Denver-based studio, Deck Nine Games.
Players will take on the role of 16 year-old Chloe Price, instead of Max, the original game’s protagonist, who forms an unlikely friendship with Rachel Amber; a beautiful and popular girl destined for success. When Rachel’s world is turned upside down by a family secret, it takes this new-found alliance to give each other the strength to overcome their demons.
Life is Strange: Before the Storm is a key release for Square Enix this year and is being created as a direct response to fans asking to return to Arcadia Bay so they can revisit the characters they fell in love with,” said Lee Singleton, Head of Studio at Square Enix London Studios. “Many people can identify a particular person who significantly influenced their life; the person that ultimately shaped who they became.Life is Strange: Before the Storm is about this exact moment.”
“The original LIFE IS STRANGE brought a new level of depth and real-world emotion to the narrative adventure game genre and holds a strong place in many people’s hearts, including our own,” said Jeff Litchford, Vice President at Deck Nine Games. “It’s an absolute privilege to work on the next game in the series and it’s our chance to do justice to the series and prove the quality of our unique StoryForge toolset from our very talented team.”
Life is Strange: Before the Storm Episode 1 releases on August 31, 2017