It was recently leaked Square Enix had plans for us to return to Blackwell Academy with plans for a new entry in the Life Is Strange series. Today, during Microsoft's E3 2017 press conference, they revealed the first trailer for the new game they're calling Life Is Strange: Before the Storm, and it will act as a prequel to the entire series.
It doesn't look like Max will be showing up outside of maybe some flashback sequences. Instead, we'll learn what Chloe was up to before the events of the original Life Is Strange (hence the name) and her relationship with Rachel.
Episode One of the three episode arc will be out August 31. This is not the follow-up from original developers DONTNOD Entertainment announced, but rather a three-part miniseries from Deck Nine Games. This will also be "enhanced" with the Xbox Scorpio, but they didn't elaborate on what exactly that meant.
Here is the press release in full from Square Enix:
LONDON (June 11, 2017) – SQUARE ENIX®, publisher of award-winning and best-selling videogame franchises such as FINAL FANTASY® and TOMB RAIDER®, today announced LIFE IS STRANGE™: BEFORE THE STORM, the next game in the award-winning, multi-million copy selling, episodic franchise. The game was unveiled with a new cinematic trailer as part of the Xbox E3 Briefing and the first of three episodes will be released on Xbox One®, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Windows PC on August 31, 2017.
LIFE IS STRANGE: BEFORE THE STORM is set in Arcadia Bay, three years before the events of the first game in the series. Players will take on the role of a rebellious 16 year-old Chloe Price 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.”
Whilst the first released game in the series was created by DONTNOD Entertainment in Paris, LIFE IS STRANGE: BEFORE THE STORM is being developed by Denver based studio, Deck Nine Games.
“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.”
The cinematic trailer first aired during the Xbox E3 Briefing can be found here:
A brand new video direct from the developers can be found here: