DONTNOD the creative team behind one of last years best games Life Is Strange have announced via their blog that a "digital series" of the game is to go into production.
The post revealed very little detail about the exact nature of the series but the news is sure to please the millions of fans who, despite the game reaching an epic conclusion last year, continue to create artwork, cosplay and cry out for a season 2.
We’re super excited to announce that we’re teaming up with Legendary Digital Studios and dj2 to develop a digital series based on Life is Strange! Much like many of you, both Legendary and we here at Square Enix & DONTNOD agree that Life Is Strange lends itself perfectly to live-action imaginings. While we can’t wait to see what Legendary will do with the digital series we don’t have any further details to share at this point in time.
For those unfamiliar with Life Is Strange (where have you been!!), there has never been a better time to get involved, with Episode 1 of the five episode game currently available for free across all platforms.
If you need convincing further, then see below for my reasons why you need some Max and Chloe in your life.
The Story Is Real
OK, so it's all a little exaggerated but there's nothing wrong with a bit of dramatic license and lets be honest, what teenager doesn't turn their little life dramas into a full blown crisis?
Seriously though, I don't think I've ever played a game that confronts so many real world issues in the way Life Is Strange does. The effects of alcohol, drugs, bullying and social media are all confronted in some way during the story. Add to this the games branching storyline that plays out according to the choices you make, which allows you to be part of the problem or part of the solution.
The voice acting is excellent and the characters are really brought to life, meaning that you actually care about what happens to them. By the end of Episode 2 you'll be looking back at some of your decisions and thinking if you made the right call.
And if all that's not enough things take a really dark twist towards the end...
You Get To Rewind Time
Ever fancied yourself as a Timelord like your favourite time travelling Doctor? Well this game gives you the chance to be just that...to a limited degree anyway.
As the lead character Max Caulfield you have the the ability to rewind time, something that would be pretty cool in any game but in one with different dialogue choices it really takes things to a different level. Didn't like the outcome to your original response? Simply hit a button, wind time back a bit and respond differently to see how the alternative option plays out.
It also gives you the ability to get yourself out of some tricky situations but remember, with great power comes great responsibility, so use it wisely!
It Looks And Sounds Great
It's hard not to fall in love with the scribbled hand-drawn art style of Life Is Strange. Much was made of the lip-synch issues that plagued the first few episodes on release (later patched by DONTNOD) but it didn't really matter as it all looked so good.
There are points in the game where Max will just sit on a bench and think about what's happening and it is in these moments as the camera pans around her that you see just how gorgeous the game is. From the derelict beauty of a scrap yard to the homely surroundings of a family garden, DONTNOD want you to enjoy the view.
And as if being pleasing to the eye wasn't enough, Life Is Strange also boasts an aural treat with it's Indie/Hipster soundtrack. The likes of Foals, Mogwai, alt-J and Jose Gonzalez all contribute to create an atmosphere of teen angst, which might sound horrible to anyone who isn't a teenager, but trust me it really works.
As stated above Life Is Strange Episode 1: Chrysalis is now available as a free download on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam (PC/Mac/Linux), PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.