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Square Enix's New Game Is Something Completely Different

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Well, this sounds interesting. Square Enix just announced that it's making a new "episodic adventure game" called Life is Strange with Dontnod Entertainment, the studio that made last year's stylish beat-em-up Remember Me. I'm curious and tentatively excited.

The game was announced in post on Square Enix's blog this morning which included a brief description of Life Is Strange's story along with a few screenshots. It's set in the fictional town of Arcadia Bay, Oregon. The story begins with high school senior Max Caulfield returning to the town after being gone for five years. Upon her arrival, she discovers that her classmate Rachel Amber has gone missing "under mysterious and rather uncomfortable circumstances."


That's never good! Luckily, Max also discovers that she has a newfangled ability to rewind time. Funny how that always seems to work out. So with her new time-warping abilities in tow and newly reunited with her friend Chloe, Max sets out to solve the mystery of Rachel's disappearance.

Square Enix makes Life Is Strange sound like a breath of fresh air for the publisher that's taking it in a direction similar to Telltale Games with its acclaimed episodic adventures The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us. Much like those two games, the company said that it plans to "release" the new game "digitally as regular episodic content, with each new chapter building and evolving based on the choices you made in previous episodes."


The images, meanwhile, demonstrate Dontnod's unique art style that will be familiar to Remember Me fans:


Square Enix said that the game is being planned for PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC. The company didn't give any sort of release schedule, only saying that it will be shown off at Gamescom this week.

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