Square Enix has a big surprise for fans of the first Life is Strange game—Life is Strange: Remastered has been announced, featuring the first game and Life is Strange: Before the Storm in one beautiful new package.
Life is Strange: Remastered features improved visuals, updated and refined gameplay puzzles, and more. Aside from including every episode of the first game, it will also include the entirety of the prequel Life is Strange: Before the Storm.
Here's what's changing and improving in this newly remastered version of the franchise's first two games:
- Remastered visuals across characters and environments
- Vastly improved character animation using full facial mocap performance
- Updated and refined gameplay puzzles
- Engine and lighting upgrades
- Includes previously released Deluxe Content: Chloe Outfits & ‘Farewell’ Bonus Episode
- Choice and consequence driven stories with multiple endings
- Harness the power of Max’s rewind ability or Chloe’s quick-witted attitude to change the course of events
- Distinct licensed soundtrack & original scores
This is certainly welcome news for fans of the franchise, but there are some questions to consider. The first game, for example, had a soundtrack featuring a mix of original tracks and licensed music. It's not quite clear if the soundtracks from the first two games will make their return in their entirety or if some of the tracks have been replaced.
When is the Life is Strange: Remastered Release Date?
An official Life is Strange: Remastered release date has not yet been announced. However, there's one thing we do know — you'll be able to get a copy for free by pre-ordering the newly-announced Life is Strange: True Colors.
That said, the game's Steam Store page (highlighted by @RobotBrush on Twitter) says that it will be arriving sometime in Fall 2021. It looks like this might be a situation similar to Spider-Man: Miles Morales where a highly-anticipated remaster is bundled with the new game — the key difference being that you'll actually be able to buy the remaster on its own at a later date.
Either way, pre-ordering Life is Strange: Remastered will also score you a copy of the "Zombie Crypt" outfit for Chloe to use in Life is Strange: Before the Storm Remastered. For now, you can add the remastered version of the first Life is Strange game to your wishlist on Steam. You can pre-order Life is Strange: True Colors and find out more about the franchise on the official Life is Strange website.
What do you think about the reveal of Life is Strange: Remastered? Are you looking forward to the return of Max and Chloe? Let us know in the comments below!