DONTNOD Entertainment has confirmed that a second season of Life is Strange is officially in development. The first adventure has sold over 3 million copies, boasting an emotionally resonant episodic outing that is simply one-of-a-kind. It’s unlikely we’ll see a continuation of Max and Chloe’s story given how the last season concluded, but we’re more than ready for another journey into Life is Strange’s beautiful world.
TrustedReviews has put together everything we’d love to see from Life is Strange Season 2 included all the info on its release date, gameplay, trailers, news and more.
What is Life is Strange Season 2?
DONTNOD Entertainment is yet to announce where Life is Strange Season 2 will take place or which characters it will follow. It remains unclear whether Max and Chloe will return, or if we’ll see a whole new cast of characters.
The use of ‘season 2’ in the announcement video leads us to believe that it will once again be an episodic experience.
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Life is Strange Season 2 release date
According to DONTNOD, this second season has been in development since the first launched on disc back in January 2016. Knowing this, we could see news on a release date in the near future.
Its prequel, Life is Strange: Before the Storm, is set to debut on August 31, 2017 with three episodes planned.
Life is Strange Season 2 story – What’s it about?
We have no idea. It will likely follow a new cast of characters in a unique setting. So long as it retains the stellar storytelling and art-style of the original, you can count us in.
Life is Strange Season 2 trailer – How does it look?
We’ve yet to see any footage of Life is Strange Season 2 in action. All we have is this development diary from DONTNOD Entertainment touching upon the project’s existence:
Life is Strange Season 2 wishlist – What we want to see
Maintain the balance of sci-fi and drama
In the original season, Max slowly came to realise she had the ability to manipulate the time and space around her. She used this power to save her friends, journey to the past and even get herself taken hostage. You know, the usual stuff.
Despite how outlandish this may seem at first, it rarely pulled away from the human drama lying at the centre of Life is Strange. Max and Chloe’s relationship remained the crux, merely spurred on by the presence of a cleverly implemented sci-fi trope.
If the second outing aims to follow a similar idea, we’d love to see the masterful balance from the first season return. Life is Strange is and never was a fully-fledged sci-fi thriller, and should never strive to be one. Tackling progressive themes through poignant character drama is what DONTNOD has proven to do best.
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Another killer soundtrack
Life is Strange managed to convey so many emotions simply through the use of music. Ingeniously executed musical cues blended together with the colourful aesthetic to create some truly breathtaking moments. We’re not afraid to admit we cried like idiots during the final episode, either. NO SHAME!
Max leaving her classroom to the tune of ‘American Girl’ during the first episode’s introduction still resonates with us. It perfectly encapsulated the unpredictable malaise of college life with feelings of anxiety and wonder spread throughout.
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Keep up the progressive themes
One of the main reasons Life is Strange resonated with so many people was its unwillingness to hold back in the face of controversial issues. During its five episodes we saw the themes of bullying, anxiety and even suicide tackled in an uncompromising light.
How Max, and by extension, the player, reacted to these moments reinforced the strength of DONTNOD’s storytelling. How would we react to such things if we had the power to go back and change them in real life? It’s scary yet fascinating to think about, and is something games don’t do enough.
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