Finally, after a three-part prequel and a one-part pseudo-sequel, we’re getting a follow up to the fantastic Life is Strange. And thanks to the new trailer released today, we know when we can finally get our first taste of it: that date being September 27th of this year. This follow up that we’ve all been waiting for is… Life is Strange 2.
What an original title.
All joking aside, it does look pretty interesting. The teaser inspires fascination, and it gives off a very similar vibe that I got from the first Life is Strange. The art-style is still great, and the characters seem both interesting and endearing. On top of that, it gives the viewer just enough information to get you interested but not nearly enough to give away what’s going to happen. It’s a well made trailer. If you want to check it out yourself, you can watch it right here.
One thing I really appreciate is that this game is clearly not connected in any major way to the first game. This means that we will likely not be seeing an appearance from Max Caulfield or any other major players from the first game.
The first Life is Strange was a complete, self contained story, and a damn good one at that. All the characters are deeply interesting and lovable, the story is engaging and highly emotional, and the whole ‘time-rewind’ mechanic was implemented pretty well. It all goes together to make a spectacular experience.
It’s prequel, Life is Strange: Before the Storm, was an undeniable step down in terms of quality, but it’s still a good and enjoyable game. As it’s a prequel focusing on two characters whom we know are bound for terrible fates give the whole story an air of dread; you know that any joy these characters feel are limited and constantly growing closer and closer to their terrible fates. It’s a bit weaker, but it still has a powerful emotional punch like the first game did. On top of that, the bonus super-prequel episode feels like a perfect farewell to the characters of Max and Chloe.
If the developers are dead set on making this a franchise, every new game going forward will need to be an original story. If they brought Max or any one else back from the first game, it would only serve to weaken the overall story and spoil the aging process of the original. The story of Max and Chloe is over, and it needs to be left alone.
Luckily, the writers seem smart enough to realize that.
And as for the pseudo-sequel, the Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit… I don’t know. I still haven’t played it. But hey, it’s free. I just need to get my fat ass off of Kingdom Hearts to play another Square Enix game.
After watching that trailer, I’m reasonably excited. I appreciate them stepping away from the characters from the first, as their story is over, and introducing a new cast for the sequel. I just hope that I can fall in love with them even half as much as I did with the cast of the first game. I have faith that they can, but I can’t be sure until I actually have the game in my hands.
Which I won’t do until the physical release comes out on PS4 because I’m trash.