SQUARE ENIX® is excited to reveal LIFE IS STRANGE™ 2, the next entry in the highly successful, critically-acclaimed and award-winning franchise from DONTNOD Entertainment, the creators of the original LIFE IS STRANGE. The first entry in the all-new five-episode story of LIFE IS STRANGE 2, will release on September 27, 2018 on XBOX ONE®, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Windows PC.

Discover a story of two brothers, 16-year old Sean and 9-year old Daniel Diaz, who have to flee their home in suburban Seattle after a tragic event that changes their lives forever. On the run from the police, Sean makes a difficult decision; to take his brother and go to Puerto Lobos, Mexico. Life on the road is dangerous and the brothers will be faced with tough decisions as they bravely undertake a journey that will test the bonds of brotherhood.

Everything is new in LIFE IS STRANGE 2 – a new cast of characters, multiple new settings, new gameplay features and a brand new power for players to discover, making Life is Strange 2 the most ambitious project in series history.

“The release of Captain Spirit was a great moment for the team and we can’t wait to introduce the players to the new story and characters of Life is Strange 2” said Raoul Barbet Co-Creative Director of LIFE IS STRANGE 2 at DONTNOD Entertainment. “We have worked hard with the original team to keep what I personally loved to craft in the first game: the mood, the cinematographic work and of course, the music.”

“After the exciting adventures of Max and Chloe, we are extremely happy that you will all soon meet Sean and Daniel Diaz, our new protagonists, and follow them on their journey.” said Michel Koch, Co-Creative Director of LIFE IS STRANGE 2 at DONTNOD Entertainment. “We love diving back into the Life is Strange universe along with our lead writer, Jean-Luc Cano, to create our new story and characters”.

DONTNOD Entertainment are back with an all-new story to tell, and have been hard at work on LIFE IS STRANGE 2 since completing work on LIFE IS STRANGE. DONTNOD are set to continue their tradition of telling compelling stories with believable characters in a grounded setting, with a new tale that tackles relatable real-world themes like brotherhood, education and coming of age.

“We’re very excited to present Life is Strange 2, one of our most important releases of the year. After the overwhelming success of the original, we knew that crafting a sequel that is every bit as compelling and powerful as the first game would be a real challenge”, said Jon Brooke, VP of Brand and European Marketing at Square Enix External Studios. “We are confident that the talented team at DONTNOD, who have been working closely with the Square Enix External Studios team, have truly outdone themselves.”

 

 Reveal Trailer 


  IMPRESSIONS  — Going to be completely honest here, I am NOT at all excited about this game.  Something that killed me about the original Life is Strange was how disconnected it felt like everything was to the actual plot.  People seem to love the music and the ambience caused by a “normal-ish” girl living life where her decisions are drastically affecting everything around her, proving that trying to shift away from the original timeline could result in big consequences (please go watch The Butterfly Effect).  However,  even if I did not like the sum total of what Life is Strange delivered, it was at least interesting enough upon its reveal to make me curious enough to actually go out and play the game for myself…Life is Strange 2 does not.

A tale of two brothers is something that probably resides more with people who have actual brothers, such as my friend Alan who says he is drawn to games that have stories surrounding the big and little brother dynamic.  For me, if this had been a little sister (which I have), I probably would  have been more inclined to look at it.  Overall, the series left a bad taste in my mouth and Life is Strange 2 does not seem good enough for me to remedy that.  Hopefully they release a more compelling trailer later on down the line and entices people like me to give the series another shot, as The Adventures of Captain Spirit seemed like a cringefest from its initial reveal and steered me even further away from the works that DONTNOD are involved in.