Remember Me Developer DONTNOD's New Game is an Episodic Narrative Adventure Called Life is Strange
Released in June 2013, Parisian developer DONTNOD Entertainment's first title, Remember Me, was a hidden gem. Its structure was extremely rigid, not allowing for any exploration or player choice, but if you're looking for a linear, story-driven action-adventure game, it doesn't get much better. Fans, like myself, have been hoping that DONTNOD would follow up with an open-world sequel or prequel, but sadly, at least for now, that doesn't seem likely. Instead, publisher Square Enix announced today that DONTNOD is developing a "brand new, episodic, digitally delivered, narrative driven adventure game entitled Life is Strange."
Life is Strange "takes place in the fictional town of Arcadia Bay, Oregon, where senior student Max Caulfield returns after a 5 year absence. Reunited with her former friend Chloe, the pair will attempt to uncover the uncomfortable truth behind the mysterious disappearance of fellow student Rachel Amber." DONTNOD promises that "choice and consequence" will play a key role in how the story unfolds, and Creative Director Jean-Max Moris believes it will be "the type of experience that perfectly fits today's renewed taste for originality and diversity." Oh, and Max discovers she has the ability to rewind time, affecting the game's narrative and changing "the course of history itself."
Perhaps most surprising of all is that DONTNOD decided to forgo a realistic aesthetic for a unique hand-drawn art style. One of the reasons Remember Me was so...memorable...was because the game's setting, Neo-Paris, felt like a living, breathing world filled with incredible detail and striking visuals. It's the main reason why most people were disappointed there was no exploration; because DONTNOD made a world you wanted to explore. It's interesting that the studio chose a decidedly different aesthetic, though based on the screenshots and concept art, it certainly looks like one that fits with the episodic adventure genre.
Life is Strange will be coming to PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. The game is being shown at Gamescom this week, but only to journalists, not the public.
Source: Press Release