Square Enix Reveals New IP Life is Strange, Coming to Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, and PC

From the makers of Remember Me comes a brand new franchise that will be released digitally through an episodic model.

Final Fantasy publisher Square Enix today announced a new IP called Life is Strange for consoles and PC. From Dontnod Entertainment, the makers of 2013 action game Remember Me, Life is Strange is "wholly different" to anything Square Enix has done before in terms of gameplay and narrative, the publisher says in the game's announcement on its website.

Life is Strange--coming to Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC--will be released digitally using an episodic model. Every new chapter will build and evolve on the choices you made in the past episode, Square Enix says.

As for the game's story, Life is Strange stars a college-aged woman named Max Caulfield who returns home to discover that a fellow classmate has "disappeared under mysterious and rather uncomfortable circumstances." In her effort to find the truth, Max syncs up with an old friend named Chloe. Max discovers at this point that she has the ability to rewind time.

According to Square Enix, every single texture in Life is Strange was hand-drawn. In addition, every action you take will kick off the butterfly effect, an idea that posits that even the smallest of changes can have dramatic and significant differences later on. But of course, Max can turn back time. Square Enix teases, "With the power to rewind time, what would you change? And would it turn out to be a change for the better or worse?

Square Enix did not announce any kind of release date for Life is Strange, but pointed out that the game is on display this week at Gamescom for media. We're checking the game out and you can read our impressions in the days ahead.

The protagonist of Dontnod's last game, published by Capcom, was also a woman. Before landing at Capcom, Dontnod shopped Remember Me around to other publishers, which didn't want to work with them because they thought having a women in a leading role would limit the game's sales potential.

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118 comments
Sarcasm83
Sarcasm83

Sounds like a pretty tired concept to be honest.


"Max discovers at this point that she has the ability to rewind time."

Whaddya know, would you look at that, I can rewind time. This'll come in handy... :D



"every action you take will kick off the butterfly effect, an idea that posits that even the smallest of changes can have dramatic and significant differences later on. But of course, Max can turn back time. Square Enix teases"


Ambitious, but... not gonna happen. They'll be pre-determined paths every now and then and might feel like you really did make a change during the first playthrough but I think eventually you'll just bump into a gimmick and notice you can't really change things drastically.


Don't get me wrong, I'd love a game that TOTALLY derails to multiple directions all the time, but so far there hasn't been a single game that can manage this.


Heavy Rain and Telltale games adventures have given pretty good illusions on this, but when you actually try to change things, you'll end up noticing there's rarely big changes... minor changes that eventually lead to the same outcome. I liked those games, but .. it just hasn't been done;


There is no game where you can miss half of it by selecting to do things one way, and then making different choices and getting hours upon hours of completely new outcomes. 


It WOULD be amazing - but it would also either be a very short game due to the content being split up to multiple directions and endings OR it would reguire the game having multiple scripts written for it and a very long developement process, where they basically make a game you'd need to play many times to witness every radically different way to go through the game.


Something like that is still faaaaaar away from being done.




Snapdragon1
Snapdragon1

Sorry NOT going to buy it Square Enix is on my $hit List so anything and everything they put out is under  boycott !

psin4mant
psin4mant

I love DONTNOD will be looking forward to this.

VoidSECT
VoidSECT

Digital and episodic......lost interest instantly -_-

sakaixx
sakaixx

Wii U is being so ignored, don't bully em you 3rd party publishers !

lostn
lostn

Consider me intrigued. The only thing I'm not excited about is the episodic model.


Still waiting for the game that redeems Square Enix.

VegasAceVII
VegasAceVII

I don't know...I'm not sure I can trust Square-Enix to handle something like an episodic game.  I'll check it out, but I'm not holding my breath this will be too great.

Kryptonbornson
Kryptonbornson

Remember Me was decent, but could have  been better. Clearly rushed and changed by Capcom, either that or they ran out of funding and Capcom saved them, but made them put action in it. I remember the initial reveals that had just exploration and hunting down people to hack. It was likely to be open world. Hopefully this game is a remake of Remember Me with the time rewinding thing, but little to no action like The Walking Dead from TellTale. Love episodic when done right. The $60 game as a "thing" must die. It's okay to pay $60 for longplay titles, but games like Bioshock Infinite, Remember Me, Max Payne 3, etc aren't worth $60. I also like the idea of maybe not buying the whole game if I don't like it or can't currently afford it.

isshiah
isshiah

Seems interesting. I'll keep an eye out for it.

SkyAboveThePort
SkyAboveThePort

"women in a leading role would limit the game's sales potential"

Right. Just look at Tomb Raider. Epic fail...

bluedeathking
bluedeathking

uhhhh from Remember Me creators. The game may have it moments but it was pretty forgettable and uninteresting. It's like saying From the Creator of Duke Nukem Forever and Alien Colonial Marines,they bring you Borderlands the Pre-Sequel.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I'll be keeping an eye on this. Remember Me wasn't a bad game. It had some flaws, but overall I was glad I played it. It was enjoyable. Would have never experience it if it hadn't been for PSN+

oflow
oflow

This is good news. I actually enjoyed Remember Me.  As long as its cheap like The Walking Dead I'm cool with it.

suppaphly42
suppaphly42

i thought remember me was junk it had the potential to be good but was just a 3D be@t em up with a stup1d combo system and did not play like anything new.  though the premise was cool and if it had focused on that instead of be@ting people up would have been better IMO

now they have caught my attention with this line here "Life is Strange is "wholly different" to anything Square Enix has done before in terms of gameplay and narrative," if the gameplay is truly new and revolutionary then, well i don't know all i can say is i will take a look


P.S. is it just me who can't say stup1d or bea t people up this is getting ridiculous i am not threatening anyone 

OhSnapitz
OhSnapitz

Episodic?  *grumbles* but I'll keep an eye out anyway.. 

meedokicky
meedokicky

As someone who liked Remember Me, I am interested. But being episodic ummm idk, we'll see.

xdude85
xdude85

I had high hopes until I read it was being released digitally.

Hurvl
Hurvl

"Max discovers at this point that she has the ability to rewind time" I sometimes have the ability to rewind time - in my dreams. Life is Strange, my dreams are stranger.

evil13killer
evil13killer

remeber me sucked i regret wasting my precious time on it but lets wish this is different and episodes arent released so far from each other and square enix been doing a bad job recently so they better pull this one off

firedrakes
firedrakes

overall  i am happt the dev are  making another game

aeluron1989
aeluron1989

I'['ll keep an eye on this :) Hopefully good things come.

Fandango_Letho
Fandango_Letho

'' ... Dontnod shopped Remember Me around to other publishers, which didn't want to work with them because they thought having a women in a leading role would limit the game's sales potential. ''


Eddie, you have a handful of errors in most of your news. You should at least read what you wrote before posting it.

Pewbert
Pewbert

Episodic is bad mkay.

LucentWolf
LucentWolf

You have my interest for now, we will see if that changes come Gamescom. :O

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

There's nothing wrong with episodic, my problem is when the games released as multi-player only like Titanfall.

heartindarkness
heartindarkness

i am in for anything from this developer their first game was really good for a first game and i want to support them rather than seeing another potential talent fade away come on people support them (tht's as long as they keep tht potential and deliver and not turning into cash cows of any sort ) :D

eat_game_poop
eat_game_poop

Remember Me wasn't perfect but I didn't hate it, so this is something I could look into.

iamllamapie
iamllamapie

God damn it. I hate episode like releases.

Other hand, Remember Me had a lot of potential.

redgouf
redgouf

I'm really glad they got away from Capcom. They tried, but Capcom just keeps going down and down. I always hate to say it, given it's long lifespan of great titles and products - and the experiences!

Bowser05
Bowser05

Count me in. I found Remember Me to be one of the most underrated games of that year. While it had its share of issues, for this developer's first game I felt like they did a damn good job. I really look forward to seeing what they can do with their second foray.

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

I'd like to be excited for this... buuut I'm not.

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

I really like the sound of this... a lot!

Remember Me was an interesting idea, but it wasn't a great game. The best thing in the game was the memory alteration sequences and they were too far and too few between. (I could count them all on one hand.)

The rest was generic combat, climbing buildings and that was about it.

So if these guys have made a game similar to that of the memory alterations from Remember Me, then you can count me in. That stuff was just great!

Finally a game I can look forward to. I hope it succeeds. ;)

As for the female protagonist issue, that is just old fashioned nonsense.

longestsprout
longestsprout

That's actually quite an interesting premise for a game. It's a rare developer that doesn't muck such things up however, so that deflates the balloon some.

warriors30
warriors30

Second picture is hot, first one looks like the guy from Infamous Second Son had a sex change (not quite as hot). I didn't read the text but the ONE thing I read was "using an episodic model"...that was all the information I needed.

Moving on.

jedicommand7
jedicommand7

Biggest problem I had with Remember Me was the camera in the boxing match boss fight. Otherwise it was a decent game from PS+.

KamuiFei
KamuiFei

My impression so far, is basically Dontnod's version of Walking Dead. Episodic type games just tell me to wait for "Complete Collections" usually a year after. I like the concept behind it though. 

ebauer1987
ebauer1987

@Snapdragon1 You know what I wanna boycott. Call of Duty. That series is getting ridiculous. Sure it makes money. It is featured in MLG events. But you know what in the very end it's the same pile of $hit each year. 

Sarcasm83
Sarcasm83

@sakaixx Thanks for reminding me I actually bought a thing called Wii U last year.... I guess I could dust it off and play some Mario Brothers for a while.

Weaponn_X
Weaponn_X

@VegasAceVII  As fast as they bring out quality content for Final Fantasy XIV, making an episodic game should be no problem for them so im not worried.

Sarcasm83
Sarcasm83

@SkyAboveThePort Well, the decision to release the sequel to Tomb Raider for ONE single platform is nothing but an epic fail.... 


But only because the first game was so damn good and everyone played it and would deserve a chance to play the next one.

musalala
musalala

@SkyAboveThePort Well to be fair Tomb Raider is a known entity where as this is a brand new Ip, but as long as its a good game with a solid gameplay and enough marketing it should be ok

iammcgruber
iammcgruber

@xdude85 That and "episodic" killed it for me. (besides not enjoying their previous game remember me)

Sarcasm83
Sarcasm83

@Hurvl I have the power to time travel to the future and teleport every time I get really drunk.....


Just the other week I fell down while walking home from a friend and instantly woke up home, from my bathroom floor 9 hours later :O

iMpLuX
iMpLuX

@warriors30  You must have missed the memo that making "incredibly hot 2d women and implying they are male" is all the rage now. 

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

@warriors30

That was all you needed to decide you aren't interested in the game?

You should read the text because it is far more interesting than just episodic content.