When I woke up this morning, it was to a flurry of news about Life is Strange 2...
finally, the secrets have been revealed and we get to meet Sean and Daniel Diez, two young boys travelling to their family’s home town.
If you haven’t seen the news yet, let me paint the scene: you play as Sean, a 16-year-old boy acting older than he is to protect his 9-year-old brother on the road as they travel south through the United States towards the Mexican border. Instead of exploring the possibly-not-platonic relationship of two estranged best friends, Life is Strange 2 is about brotherhood, and focuses on the difficult task of caring for a dependent while still barely being of age.
How will the ability to rewind time help with being the best role model to your younger brother? Well, that you’ll never know. In their announcement , the Life is Strange team revealed that there is a new power in Life is Strange 2, and the ways that it will help in the brothers’ journey is something that players will need to discover when they start the game.
There’s another interesting difference between Life is Strange 2 and the original: rather than being centred around one key location, the nature of this narrative means players will get to see a range of cities and towns as the brothers move between Seattle, Washington and Puerto Lobos, Mexico.
It’s difficult to say exactly how well this story will be handled—Life is Strange had amazing narrative design, but handled some of the sensitive topics with a little less grace and care than I would have liked. I hope that the subject matter of Life is Strange 2 will be treated carefully because there is huge potential for this game to make important points about being an immigrant in the United States while also exploring the stories of the individuals: Sean’s coming of age, the brotherhood between him and Daniel at an integral part of their lives, what it means to be a good role model, and how to find purpose within tragedy. There is room for Life is Strange 2 to become another excellent example of games spotlighting interesting, diverse experiences.
The first of five episodes of Life is Strange 2 will be released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on 27 September 2018. If you can’t wait until then, make sure you check out the free mini-story and demo—The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit—on each of these platforms. With new information being revealed about Life is Strange 2, it might be worth replaying Captain Spirit even if you have seen it before, because this new information makes events take on new meaning. And rumour has it, choices made in the demo will have an impact on the full game!
The Life is Strange team has also released a video trailer and promises to give us the gift of gameplay footage in the next few days.