As previously teased, a new Life is Strange game is in the works within Square Enix’s development pipeline. In fact, it’s being developed by Deck Nine Games, who previously crafted the prequel, Life is Strange: Before the Storm.
When it releases this coming autumn, Life is Strange: True Colors will mark the fourth instalment in the popular and inventive series. However, this particular effort will not be like the others, in that it won’t be episodic. Instead, the entire game will release at once.
True Colors took centre stage at today’s Square Enix digital showcase, and was by far the biggest of the day’s announcements. It’s also the title we’re most excited for, as fans of this fantastic series since day one.
Set in a new location called Haven Springs, this brand new narrative will centre upon one Alex Chen (Erika Mori), who’s been ‘cursed’ with the psychic power of empathy. This ability allows the young lady to see, absorb and manipulate the emotions of others, which manifest as blazing, coloured auras. That becomes both an asset and an issue when her brother dies in a strange accident and Alex sets out to discover what happened.
Those who set out on this adventure will hear some licensed music as they explore Haven Springs, including songs by Radiohead, Phoebe Bridges, mxmtoon and Novo Amor.
Jeff Litchford, Vice President at Deck Nine Games stated, “It has been such an honor to return to the vibrant, emotive, and impactful world of Life is Strange. We are delighted to share this new story with you: a story of empathy, human connection, and the struggle to find a place to call home. All of the advancements in storytelling, development technology, and premium voice acting that we have made since Life is Strange: Before the Storm will allow players to be more immersed in the compelling world of Life is Strange: True Colors than ever before.”
At the same time, Square Enix also announced a Life is Strange: Remastered Collection, which will include upgraded versions of the first two games. By that, I mean Life is Strange and Life is Strange: Before the Storm. These remasters will be part of the True Colors Ultimate Edition, but will also be sold as separate standalones.
Expect to be able to play Life is Strange: True Colors this September. It’s scheduled to release (physically and digitally) in three different editions, and will bring its empathy to Xbox Series, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Stadia and PC on the tenth of that month.