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Square Enix has announced the newest market they are going into – and it’s the interactive episodic adventure market. Life is Strange is developed by Square Enix in partnership with DONTNOD Entertainment and will be coming to Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC.

Life is Strange is told in 5 episodes, where you play as Max, a photography senior. When Max discovers she has the ability to rewind time, she uses it to save her old friend Chloe who she hasn’t seen in over 5 years. Chloe’s life hasn’t been good over those years, with her life drifting further off course since her father’s tragic death.

The reunion changes each of their lives as they are drawn into the darker side of the town of Arcadia Bay. Exposed to the grimier side of the small town, they begin searching into the mystery of a missing student and all of the unpleasant truths around it.

Max though has to deal with an internal struggle as well. In addition to rewinding time, she begins to get premonitions, which make understanding her power even more difficult. Changing the past is also not risk free, as it can lead to a darker, and worse future.

The first episode will be released on January 30th, for all platforms. The price for it will be $4.99, with a season pass for episodes 2-5 costing $16.99, and a Complete Season order costing $19.99 – a couple bucks off effectively for pre-ordering all of it at once. At some point today you should be able to pre-order it if you want according to the press release.

One odd note there is that the complete season will not for some reason be available to buy on the Xbox 360 store – instead they will have to buy the Single Episode and the Season Pass for the rest if they want to get it.

A trailer though for you all before we go:

Are you interested in Life is Strange? How do you think they will implement the time travel aspects of it so that they retain narrative weight? Do you think Telltale’s success means we’ll see even more company’s continue to hop on this bandwagon with games of their own?

Don Parsons

News Editor

I’ve been a gamer for years of various types starting with the Sega Genesis and Shining Force when I was young. If I’m not playing video games, I’m often roleplaying, reading, writing, or pondering things brought up by speculative fiction.

  • Reptile

    I’ve never played episosdic games, so, If I skip and play only episode 5, what will happen? Game Crash? game uses a default “path” from previous episodes or what?

  • BeholdMyPower

    Interested in this primarily for the time manipulation mechanic. Hoping it’s fairly flexible, otherwise I doubt I’ll be invested enough to purchase beyond the second episode, if even the first.

  • coboney

    generally they use a default path deciding what went on in the episodes before choice wise and such.

  • Sebastian Mikulec

    Hopefully this winds up being a heck of a lot better than Remember Me. That game looked so promising and was such a disappointment. In that regard, I’m kind of glad they’re going in a completely different direction here. While I’m not a fan of David Cage style interactive movies with occasional QTEs (not sure if that’s how this will work, but it has been compared to Heavy Rain), largely due to the fact that I don’t find David Cage’s narratives to be anywhere near as compelling as he thinks they are, I won’t dismiss it on that basis alone. Maybe Dontnod find their niche with this title?

  • LazarusLongNL

    i doubt you will be able to buy 2-5 without buying 1 first.
    2-5 will most likely be offered as an “DLC” for EP1.

    There aren’t any episodic games (aside from telltale without differ paths (i.e. choice matters games)) that do that.

  • Dr Dub

    That’s the first game I’ve seen in a long time that has got me hyped up.

    I didn’t fall for it with the likes of Destiny or Watch Dogs but this looks like my type of game.

    As usual we just have to hope they don’t mess it up.