Square Enix And Remember Me Developer Team Up For Brand New Game

By Ishaan . August 11, 2014 . 7:17am

Square Enix and Remember Me developer Dontnod Entertainment have teamed up for a brand new game titled Life is Strange. The game is an entirely new I.P. that will be released in episodic chapters, where each chapter evolves based on choices you made in the previous ones.

 

Here’s how Square Enix describe Life is Strange’s story:

 

Max Caulfield has been absent from Arcadia Bay, Oregon for five years now. Upon returning home she discovers that Rachel Amber, a fellow senior at school, has disappeared under mysterious and rather uncomfortable circumstances. While trying to uncover the truth Max reunites with an old friend, Chloe, and makes a startling discovery: Max has the power to rewind time…

 

Square Enix say that Life is Strange every action “enacts a butterfly effect”. The game is playable at Gamescom this week, and attending press will get to go hands on with it.

 

Life is Strange is slated for release on PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

 


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  • leadintea

    Seems very interesting! And I love the fact that the main characters are all female, though I heard bad things about Remember Me, so I’m not sure whether the game itself will be that good.

    • sillyfudgemonkeys

      I liked Remember Me a lot, it wasn’t a masterpiece and the combat could be annoying at times, but I liked it and it was fun. And the story was interesting along with the theme. As long as you keep an open mind and don’t give it such high expectations, it’s pretty good. :)

      • nekolife

        Many things in life are better approached with low expectations. :)

    • Aleister Crowley

      Well, the combat is nothing special, the story and the Memory Remix thing makes exactly zero sense and the traversal is extremely linear coupled with stiff animations and transitions, so not that good.

    • Hound

      I’ve never actively hated playing a game, but felt so close to finishing that I’ve forced myself through it before.. It was odd and reminded me of just about any sub-par high-budget action movie.

      Much worse if you play the game on the highest difficulty… The AI was terrible and filling a room with enemies with massive health bars that hurt you every time you hit them in areas where you cannot simply leave to heal is an active act of spitting on the player…

      Same with the run away and quicktime just right or re-do a full action sequence scenes..

      I point at this game every time someone tries to tell me that DMC was terrible because of outsourcing or whatever.. “See? If you played Remember Me first, you would have called it ‘the most fun you’ve had in a while.’”

    • http://twitter.com/puchixseda puchinri

      I think as far as character and plot-handling, Remember Me does a great job, but has its lows like other games. On a technical and gameplay level, it gets a lot more flawed, but I do like what it tried o do and still found it bearable.

  • Liamv2

    Hell yes! While remember me had it’s problems it was one of the more interesting games to come out in a while. I can’t wait for this.

  • Tarkovsky

    Look forward to this. Regardless of quality, I’m sure this game will offer something new to the table like Remember Me did with it’s Memory Remix sections.

    Edit: I also like the fact that publishers like SE and Capcom are willing to help publish games developed by these mid sized companies that nobody seem to want to help.

  • Aleister Crowley

    So this will be a beautiful yet shallow game that makes no sense? Sold!

  • http://nichegamer.net/ bf313

    Remember Me was bad and don’t know how to feel about the influx of episodic games. To me the episodic format doesn’t help the immersion that these types of games try to provide.

    • PreyMantis

      The next thing we know, episodic games are all the rage with developers/publishers to squeeze as much money as possible from their customers.

  • Jake_Indiman

    Remember Me was very ambitious. I love the graphics, artwork and themes. Just wish there were more memory scenes, and less memorizing combos in battles. I look forward to what Dontnod cooks up.

    • nekolife

      Remember Me had an interesting style, but the combat was intolerable for me. Sluggish and awkward, and when has make-your-own-combo ever been fun? Did not enjoy it at all. :(

      Games need to focus on being fun first and then add the story/world on top.

      • Shippoyasha

        They can be story centric too though. Which is why they should hire a proper action dedigner as well. Or just don’t have a combat element if they must. Though stugg like Deadly Premonition was amazing for me even though the action was wonky as hell.

      • Rohan Viajar

        Dunno about Remember Me (never played it)
        But

        God hand was make-your-own-combo.
        God hand was fun.

      • Codename: D.A.V.I.D.

        I think the problem was the scope of the project, Remember Me shouldn’t have tried to be an AAA game. It should have focused on the most interesting part of it, the Memory Mixes and build from that; after all they had a interesting Luc-Besson-like setting, great music and a cool protagonist.

        It should have been something like Ace Attorney.

  • Go2hell66

    So much for TWEWY II

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Leafy_Cam Leafhopper

      I don’t know where you got that idea anyway.

      • Go2hell66

        Wasnt me, someone here posted it might be a subtitle for twewy like “Its a wonderful world”

  • Paul Rodriguez

    Episodic. Digital. Thanks, but no thanks. I don’t like buying games in bits and pieces and I like feeling that I actually own my property (which I do not get from digital). If this releases one day as a physical release I will buy, but as of right now my interest is nonexistent.

    • nekolife

      Episodic is a huge turnoff for me too; I instantly stop caring. Really wonder who other than publishers likes that model. If it’s a good game, I want a full game. If it’s not a good game, why am I wasting my time at all?

      • Suzaku

        That’s like saying you don’t watch television shows because it’s a different format from a movie.

        There’s plenty of media that is told through serialization. Television, comics, novels.

        It’s a different form of story telling, and it has its own strengths and weaknesses. The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us are great examples of how well serialized games can be executed.

        And you can always purchase the full season when the game’s done. Probably for only $20-25.

        • nekolife

          Nobody I know would prefer to wait on TV episodes to dribble out.

          • http://s932.photobucket.com/ usagi_san

            What does that even mean?!

            So you’re saying you wouldn’t wait for TV episodes to come out in a timely fashion, but rather wait for a box set. that may or may not happen?

          • nekolife

            Yes. Why would anybody prefer having to wait? That’s the question. I don’t think anybody does prefer this model, except publishers.

          • http://s932.photobucket.com/ usagi_san

            The thing is, your reply doesn’t make any sense.

            The episodic model allows you to commit as much as you want to a series. Want to try out the first episode? Cool. Played it – wasn’t to my liking. Try out the second episode? Nope. Interest ends there.

      • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

        Really wonder who other than publishers likes that model.

        The 20 million people that bought the Walking Dead games?

        • nekolife

          I’m not sure that implies anybody other than the publisher was happy about the piecemeal release.

  • Yan Zhao

    Please keep this game as an adventure game. Dont let it be ruined by becoming a bad brawler like Remember Me. Remember Me would’ve been so much better as an adventure story-driven game similar to Heavy Rain.

    • nekolife

      Press X to Jason :)

      But seriously, a return to pure adventure game mechanics would be nice. Look at how well Haunting Ground worked with no combat!

  • James Robert Thompson

    Not something I’m actually interested in, but it is nice to see that Square Enix are announcing new things for Gamescom…. here’s hoping we get some Dragon Quest VII or X news!

    • Warboss Aohd

      or FF15

  • Monterossa

    sick of Eidos pretending to be Square Enix.

    • Astraye

      Well they are Square Enix now whether you like or not…

  • Afternoon Intergalactic

    Sounds like a grab at Telltale’s Walking Dead train. Probably going to pass, I can tolerate episodic games on occasion, but I’d really rather have a fully packaged experience.

    • Aoshi00

      Actually in remember me, they did a bit of the rewinding memories also causing butterfly effect, telltales are more like straight adventure games. Looking forward to this. Telltale games full retail discs are always available after the individual episodes are released if you don’t want to wait

      • brian

        Their retail releases seem to be notorious for being riddled with bugs/slowdown, or at least The Walking Dead does.

        • Aoshi00

          They play the same for me, Telltales’ games always seem to stutter.. I think the disc might run worse on older systems I heard. I haven’t encountered anything other than slow downs.

  • http://s932.photobucket.com/ usagi_san

    I enjoyed episodic adventures of The Wolf Among Us, I’ve got The Walking Dead Season 1 to go through now. Telltale brought me in, give me a reason to stay, SE and Dontnod!

  • Shippoyasha

    Hmm. Makes me wonder if they are looking at stuff like Wolf Among Us as inspiration.

  • http://epiclyamazing.wordpress.com/ AzureNova

    It looks nice, and sounds interesting. Will have to see it in action to make a final decision on this one.

  • AndyLC

    Dang, like 90% of games with female protagonists are published by S-E now

    • nekolife

      I feel like this could be a joke about effeminate jrpg protagonists. :)

  • PreyMantis

    “Life is Strange is slated for release on PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.”

    I’m not even surprise the Wii U isn’t there, anymore.

    • E.T.993

      Because SE doesn’t want my money.

  • Erick Henrique

    Gosh! She’s so much like Kimbra!

  • Warboss Aohd

    Remember Me 2: Electric Boogaloo

  • http://twitter.com/puchixseda puchinri

    Nice~. I’m just glad to see Dontnod getting more chances to do more work and looking forward to this too.

  • https://www.behance.net/cobaltcomet KOKAYI5

    What are battles gonna be like? I’m interested but not sold.

  • Ric Vazquez

    So it was not TWEWY sequel after all *sigh*

    • Andrew Boyce

      So I WASN’T the only one who hoped that. Ugh…

      • Ric Vazquez

        There was a lot of people hoping for it in fact, our hopes and dreams got crushed though…

  • CloudStrifeACC

    Cool. A game with a female protagonist.

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