The new Life is Strange game that is being shown at today's Square Enix Presents event has been revealed a bit early via a leak—get ready for Life is Strange: True Colors, coming to PC and consoles later this year.
The Square Enix Presents Spring 2021 show was announced a week ago, promising to deliver updates on many of the company's games including Balan Wonderworld, Outriders, and more. The headliner, however, was a new Life is Strange game—and it looks like it's been leaked a little early.
Titled Life is Strange: True Colors, this new game was leaked via a now-deleted Game Informer page (via Nibel). Interestingly, it appears that the game might not be episodic—as Niko Partners Senior Analyst Daniel Ahmad points out, the page doesn't appear to have any mentions of episodes. We may very well get the entire game in one batch this time, although we can't say for certain.
Our new hero is Alex Chen, a girl who has returned to the town of Haven Springs. Unfortunately, her brother has died in a suspicious accident and it's up to Alex to discover what happened. (After all, it wouldn't be a Life is Strange game without some kind of mysterious death in the mix!)
As with the first game, romance will also be an option. Alex can romance either a new character named Ryan or the lovable girl Steph—a character you might recognize from Life is Strange: Before the Storm.
Of course, this new game has some upgrades, too. Alex will be able to change up her style with your choice of 24 outfits. An additional "Hero Outfit" pack will be available as part of the Deluxe Edition, allowing Alex to adopt the style of past heroes. Get the Ultimate Edition instead and you'll also get an exclusive bonus story titled Wavelengths that features Steph's adventures in the year before Alex made her way to Haven Springs.
What is the New Life is Strange Power?
The new Life is Strange power is "empathy." This power is the "supernatural ability to experience, absorb and manipulate the strong emotions of others, which she sees as blazing, colored auras," according to the game's Steam store page.
It's not quite clear how this power will affect the game. Presumably, Alex will use it to discern details about people during conversations, ultimately in the hopes of uncovering the grand mystery behind her brother's death.
When is the Life is Strange: True Colors Release Date?
The Life is Strange: True Colors release date will be Sept. 10, 2021, according to the leak, and that has since been confirmed with the launch of the game's official Steam Store page. That release date will be for the entire game, as it will launch as one complete package, according to a Square Enix press release.
For now, you can pre-order Life is Strange: True Colors for PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and Stadia via the game's official website, although it should be noted that the website is getting absolutely slammed by an influx of traffic at the time of the announcement. Unfortunately, there's not yet any word on a Nintendo Switch release or the game's price. Pick up the Ultimate Edition and you'll also score a copy of the newly announced Life is Strange: Remastered. Otherwise, you can add Life is Strange: True Colors to your wishlist on Steam.
What do you think of our first look at Life is Strange; True Colors? Do you like the look of the new protagonist? Let us know in the comments below!