Writer Sq. Enix has revealed Life Is Strange: True Colors, the following recreation in its supernatural-focused, choice-driven collection, will launch on September 10 for Xbox Collection X|S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, PC, and Stadia. The sport is being developed by Deck 9.
If patterns are something to go by, True Colours is probably going not a brand new mainline entry for Life Is Unusual. It is most likely extra like Before The Storm, additionally developed by Deck 9 and launched in between Dontnod Leisure’s Life Is Strange and Life Is Strange 2. Recreation director Zak Garriss mentioned that True Colours started improvement in 2017, so Deck 9 has been engaged on it for the reason that launch of Earlier than The Storm.
“At its coronary heart, this can be a recreation about empathy–about how we join to one another,” Garriss mentioned. “The story is pushed by a fancy thriller, with supernatural components all delivered to life by an unbelievable solid.”
True Colours sees you play as Alex Chen, who travels to the quiet city of Haven Springs (to not be confused with Life Is Unusual 2’s Haven Level) to reunite together with her brother, Gabe, after not seeing him for eight years. When Gabe out of the blue dies, Alex realizes that his demise was no accident and that there is extra to Haven Springs than what’s on the floor, vowing to unravel the thriller.
“What I really like most about Alex is she’s this sensible, resilient younger girl who, in the beginning of the sport, has already weathered a extremely troublesome life within the foster care system,” Alex’s voice actor Erika Mori mentioned. “However she nonetheless has this hope for the future–that someplace, she will discover a place to name residence.”
Like Life Is Unusual’s time-bending Max Caulfield and Life Is Unusual 2’s telekinetic Daniel Diaz, Alex possesses a supernatural means: Empathy (to not be confused by lowercase ‘e’ empathy just like the theme of True Colours; that is uppercase ‘e’ Empathy just like the comedian ebook superpower).
“In Life Is Unusual: True Colours, Alex’s power–or ‘curse,’ as she calls it in the beginning of the game–is an unparalleled empathetic means: the psychic energy of Empathy,” Mori mentioned. “It permits her to expertise the feelings of different characters round her, nevertheless it’s additionally a risky energy that may bleed into and take over her personal feelings if she’s not cautious.”
“This energy is a key a part of the sport and really a lot beneath your management,” Garriss provides. “And there are many alternatives to make use of your energy as you freely discover the streets and areas of Haven Springs.” Within the True Colours trailer, we see Alex having the ability to see and doubtlessly faucet into different characters’ feelings to higher perceive what they’re feeling and considering by approaching them. Earlier than utilizing the ability to dig deeper for a particular feeling, it appears to be like like you may get a glimpse of somebody’s basic emotional state by the colour of the aura they provide off. Purple appears to symbolize concern, whereas purple is anger or frustration, blue is disappointment, and yellow is happiness or pleasure.
We do not see any inexperienced for disgust although, so I assume True Colours doesn’t happen in the identical universe as Inside Out. Disgrace.
There’s additionally a musical component to True Colours as nicely, with Alex being a musician. And to that finish, Alex will not simply be voiced by Mori in True Colours; musician mxmtoon will step in throughout scenes the place Alex is singing. “As a long-time fan of Life Is Unusual, being even a small a part of this universe, and of Alex, means absolutely the world to me,” she mentioned.
For True Colours’ unique soundtrack, mxmtoon performs a reimagining of Radiohead’s “Creep,” giving the tune a extra haunting tone. “It is nerve-wracking to make your personal model of such an iconic and established tune, however Creep is a basic and I had a lot enjoyable having the ability to put my very own spin on it,” mxmtoon mentioned. “Hopefully different individuals will be impressed to make variations of their very own favourite songs and put them out on the planet to share as nicely.”
True Colours takes a number of departures from the established Life Is Unusual system. The sport is ditching the franchise’s episodic release format, and it’ll function a semi-open world with non-obligatory content material (like potential romantic interests). True Colours can be probably the most visually-advanced recreation within the collection.
“Our intensive solid of characters is on the coronary heart of each second of the sport and for the primary time, they’re rendered utilizing full efficiency seize technology–captured and animated right here in-house at Deck 9,” Garriss mentioned.
“Making this probably the most visually-advanced entry within the collection, and the true subsequent era of Life Is Unusual,” Mori added.
You’ll be able to preorder True Colors now. Choosing up the Final version of True Colours will even get you Life Is Strange: Remastered Collection, which boosts the primary two video games with new visuals and animations.