Life is Strange is a episodic sci-fi video game developed by DONTNOD Entertainment and published by Square Enix. The game will have a total of 5 episodes with episode 1 releasing on January 29, 2015 for the PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.
Players take control of Max Caulfield, an 18-year-old girl who has just returned to her home town of Arcadia Bay in Oregon to attend the Blackwell Academy. Her dream is to one day become a famous photographer, but her awkward nature and poor self-confidence often gets in the way of this dream. After a strange dream in class, Max finds that she can suddenly control time in short bursts, rewinding to alter events and fix problems that appear in her life. She quickly gets wrapped up with dangerous preppies, a missing girl named Rachel Amber, and old friend Chloe Price who has desperate ambitions. Using her new powers, Max must try to get a grip on her quickly changing life.
Life is Strange plays like a combination of gameplay elements from Remember Me and a typical modern adventure game. The player moves around the environment to talk with other character, collect items for objectives, and inspect various items to get Max's views on them. At any time, the player can rewind a short amount of time, allowing choices to be redone or certain events to be prevented. Any information learned or items collected are retained through rewinds, giving the player an opportunity to avoid any potential consequences as a result. Choice plays a big role at certain moments, promising "consequences" that are likely to affect future episodes of the game.
Episode 1: Chrysalis (January 29, 2015)
18-year-old Max Caulfield leaves her family in Seattle to study at Blackwell Academy in her hometown Arcadia Bay, Oregon. During a lesson, she experiences a vivid nightmare. After that she discovers her ability to reverse time and saves her former best friend Chloe from being shot after a fight with fellow student Nathan.
Episode 2: Out of Time (March 24, 2015)
Chloe and Max bond further as Chloe convinces her to experiment with the newly gained power. Meanwhile, Max attempts to help depressed Kate Marsh, who has fallen victim to bullying due to a viral video of her intoxicated at a Vortex Club party.
Episode 3: Chaos Theory (May 19, 2015)
Max and Chloe's investigation into Rachel Amber's disappearance lead them to break into Blackwell Academy after dark, to search for answers. Secrets will be uncovered and Max will find another use for her power.
Episode 4: Dark Room (TBA 2015)
Episode 5: Polarized (TBA 2015)
Photography plays an important role in the game. Beside the mandatory, story-relevant photos the player has the possibility to take 10 optional photos in each episode using Max's retro Polaroid instant camera.
- Macro Eyes (Etched table marks / Max's class room)
- Wide Angels (Statue / main campus)
- Telephotogenic (Skater failing a "tre flip" / main campus)
- Close-Ups (Squirrel / next to dorm building)
- Red Eye (Mirror / Max's dorm room)
- Focused (Picture collage / Victoria's dorm room)
- Zoomed In (Broken window / dorm building)
- Focal Pointed (Dirty RV window drawing / parking lot)
- Maximum Aperture (Bird on a rock / forest)
- Light Leak (Chloe on a bench / lighthouse)
- Field Of View (Rabbit in cage / Kate's dorm room)
- Full Exposure (Squirrel / bench next to dorm building)
- Processor (Two Whales Diner sign)
- Image Stabilizer (Dog / RV at Diner parking lot)
- Compressed (Mirror writing / Diner bathroom)
- Pixelated (School bus front / junkyard)
- Dynamic Range (Doe / junkyard)
- Colorized (Chloe / chilling in the junkyard)
- Meter Made (Warren / after successful chemistry experiment, science class room)
- Resolution Revolution (Alyssa / at the window, Max's class room)
- Parallax View
- The Reflex
- RAW Strength
- Gamma Value
- Dioptic Power
- Manually Exposed
- Night Vision
- Camera Obscura
- On Display
- Light Meter