Life Is Strange 2

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Life Is Strange 2
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Developer(s) Dontnod Entertainment
Publisher(s) Square Enix
Director(s)
  • Michel Koch
  • Raoul Barbet
Writer(s)
  • Christian Divine
  • Jean-Luc Cano
Composer(s) Jonathan Morali
Engine Unreal Engine 4
Platform(s)
Release
  • Episode 1
  • 27 September 2018
  • Linux, macOS
  • 2019
Genre(s) Graphic adventure
Mode(s) Single-player

Life Is Strange 2 is an episodic graphic adventure video game developed by Dontnod Entertainment and published by Square Enix. It is the second main entry of the Life Is Strange series. The first of five episodes was released on 27 September 2018 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Episodes from the series will be released for macOS and Linux by Feral Interactive in 2019.

Gameplay[edit]

The decision-making mechanic showing two possible outcomes

Life Is Strange 2 is a graphic adventure played from a third-person view. The player takes control of Sean Diaz, who is on the run from the police with his younger brother Daniel. Sean can interact with the environment, obtain objects, and talk with non-player characters via dialogue trees.[1] Decisions that were made in the game demo The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit will carry over into Life Is Strange 2;[2] choices in Life Is Strange 2 will lead to different branches in the storyline and affect Daniel's behaviour.[3][4]

Synopsis[edit]

After an apparent supernatural incident leaves their dad dead, brothers Sean, 16, and Daniel Diaz, 9, go on the run and travel from their hometown of Seattle to Puerto Lobos, Mexico.[5]

Development[edit]

Prior to production, developer Dontnod Entertainment decided that Life Is Strange 2 would feature new characters and a new location to the original.[6][7] Led by Life Is Strange directors Michel Koch and Raoul Barbet,[8] development on the sequel began in early 2016, while the predecessor shipped its retail edition.[9][10][11] Life Is Strange lead writers Christian Divine and Jean-Luc Cano and composer Jonathan Morali also reprised their roles.[3][12][13] The concept was influenced by the photography of Mike Brodie, who would freighthop across the United States and take pictures of drifters.[14] The game is structured like a road movie, inspired by the film Into the Wild and novella Of Mice and Men. Dontnod conducted field research on the West Coast of the United States, meeting people and taking pictures there.[12][15] The two primary themes of the game are education and brotherhood.[16] Using the Unreal Engine 4, they upgraded the animation system, physics, and shaders.[15] According to Dontnod, one of the biggest challenges of development was the artificial intelligence of the character Daniel.[12] The music will contain both original and licensed tracks.[12]

Release[edit]

The first of five total episodes, Roads (formerly called Seattle),[17][18] was released on 27 September 2018 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.[19][20] Feral Interactive will publish the macOS and Linux versions in 2019.[21]

Reception[edit]

Aggregate review scores
Game Metacritic
Episode 1: Roads (PC) 79/100[22]
(PS4) 82/100[23]
(XONE) 79/100[24]

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Result Ref
2018 Gamescom Best Casual Game Nominated [25][26]
Best Family Game Nominated
Best PC Game Nominated
Golden Joystick Awards Best Audio Design Pending [27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Green, Jake (21 August 2018). "Life is Strange 2 Release Date, Characters, Gameplay, Trailer, Everything We Know". USgamer.
  2. ^ Stevens, Colin (11 June 2018). "Choices Made in Captain Spirit Will Affect Life Is Strange 2". IGN. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018.
  3. ^ a b Fillari, Alessandro (9 September 2018). "How Life Is Strange 2 Plans To Surpass The Original By Finding Its Own Voice And Identity". GameSpot. Archived from the original on 9 September 2018.
  4. ^ Vincent, Brittany (23 September 2018). "Life is Strange 2 hands-on preview: Hermanos por vida". Shacknews. Archived from the original on 24 September 2018.
  5. ^ Makedonski, Brett (20 August 2018). "Life is Strange 2 is about two brothers running to Mexico after accidentally killing a cop". Destructoid. Archived from the original on 21 August 2018.
  6. ^ Farokhmanesh, Megan (24 June 2015). "Life is Strange's second season would star a new cast (if it happened)". Polygon. Archived from the original on 1 December 2016.
  7. ^ Bailey, Dustin (5 March 2018). "The next Life is Strange will feature "new story and characters"". PCGamesN. Archived from the original on 4 June 2018.
  8. ^ Romano, Sal (5 March 2018). "Next Life is Strange's new story and characters to be detailed "in the coming months"". Gematsu. Archived from the original on 12 March 2018.
  9. ^ Riaz, Adnan (23 November 2015). "Life Is Strange Limited Edition Coming to North America for PC". Hardcore Gamer. Archived from the original on 27 July 2016.
  10. ^ Porreca, Ray (18 May 2017). "A new Life is Strange game is in the works". Destructoid. Archived from the original on 1 June 2017.
  11. ^ Phillips, Tom (18 May 2017). "Life is Strange 2 finally confirmed". Eurogamer. Archived from the original on 18 May 2017.
  12. ^ a b c d Wilson, Aoife (21 August 2018). "Why Life is Strange 2 is ditching Arcadia Bay for its radically different roadtrip". Eurogamer.
  13. ^ Lumb, David (20 August 2018). "'Life is Strange 2' trailer follows two young brothers on the run". Engadget. Archived from the original on 21 August 2018.
  14. ^ O'Brien, Lucy (22 August 2018). "Life is Strange 2 Developers on Leaving Chloe and Max Behind - Gamescom 2018". IGN. Archived from the original on 23 August 2018.
  15. ^ a b Brown, Matt (3 September 2018). "Life is Strange 2 developer talks new cast, world-building, visual upgrades". Windows Central. Archived from the original on 3 September 2018.
  16. ^ "Life is Strange 2 - Raoul Barbet and Jean-Luc Cano Interview". Gamereactor. 21 August 2018.
  17. ^ Pitts, Russ (23 August 2018). "Escapist Digest: Game of Thrones, Monument Valley, Life is Strange 2, and more". The Escapist.
  18. ^ Nunneley, Stephany (20 September 2018). "Life is Strange 2 launch trailer readies you for next week's release". VG247.
  19. ^ Phillips, Tom (22 June 2018). "Life is Strange 2's first episode has a release date". Eurogamer. Archived from the original on 22 June 2018.
  20. ^ Frank, Allegra (22 June 2018). "Life Is Strange 2's five-episode story begins this September". Polygon. Archived from the original on 21 July 2018.
  21. ^ "Life is Strange 2 on the road to macOS and Linux". Feral Interactive. 1 October 2018. Archived from the original on 1 October 2018.
  22. ^ "Life is Strange 2: Episode 1 - Roads for PC Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  23. ^ "Life is Strange 2: Episode 1 - Roads for PlayStation 4 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  24. ^ "Life is Strange 2: Episode 1 - Roads for Xbox One Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  25. ^ Ramée, Jordan (15 August 2018). "Gamescom 2018: Award Nominees Include Marvel's Spider-Man, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, And More". GameSpot. Archived from the original on 17 August 2018.
  26. ^ Valentine, Rebekah (21 August 2018). "Microsoft's Moon Studios, Activision Blizzard stand out in Gamescom Awards". GamesIndustry.biz.
  27. ^ Hoggins, Tom (24 September 2018). "Golden Joysticks 2018 nominees announced, voting open now". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 8 October 2018.

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