Writer Sq. Enix has revealed the following Life Is Unusual recreation will probably be referred to as Life Is Unusual: True Colours. The sport will launch on September 10 and hold to the franchise’s supernatural choice-focused storytelling.
If patterns are something to go by, True Colours is probably going not a brand new mainline entry for Life Is Unusual. True Colours is developed by Deck 9, that means it is in all probability 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 growth in 2017, so Deck 9 has been engaged on it since Earlier than The Storm launched.
“At its coronary heart, it is a recreation about empathy–about how we join to one another,” Garriss mentioned. “The story is pushed by a posh thriller, with supernatural components all dropped at life by an unbelievable forged.”
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 along with her brother, Gabe, after not seeing him for eight years. When Gabe out of the blue dies, Alex realizes that his dying 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, initially of the sport, has already weathered a very 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 be able to 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 capability: 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 e-book superpower).
“In Life Is Unusual: True Colours, Alex’s power–or ‘curse,’ as she calls it initially of the game–is an unparalleled empathetic capability: the psychic energy of Empathy,” Mori mentioned. “It permits her to expertise the feelings of different characters round her, but it surely’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 with the ability to see and doubtlessly faucet into different characters’ feelings to higher perceive what they’re feeling and pondering by approaching them. Earlier than utilizing the facility to dig deeper for a particular feeling, it seems to be like you will get a glimpse of somebody’s normal emotional state by the colour of the aura they offer off. Purple appears to symbolize concern, whereas pink is anger or frustration, blue is disappointment, and yellow is happiness or pleasure.
We do not see any inexperienced for disgust although, so I suppose True Colours doesn’t happen in the identical universe as Inside Out. Disgrace.
There’s additionally a musical ingredient 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.
True Colours takes a number of departures from the established Life Is Unusual components. 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 in depth forged 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 possibly can 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.