Life is Strange is a genre-setting video game series. Since 2015, we have had four releases in the series, and all of them have great narratives with stunning gameplay designs and aspects. With the development rights having passed from Dontnod Entertainment to the developers who created the series, Deck Nine, the series has gotten even better. With Life is Strange: True Colors, Deck Nine showed off their excellence in designing games like Life is Strange. Life is Strange Remastered Collection is going to be a head-on collision between the ideals of Dontnod and Deck Nine, as the latter is going to remaster two of the entries originally developed by Dontnod.
What are the Games in Life is Strange Remastered Collection?
Life is Strange Remastered Collection will come with the first two games in the Life is Strange series. These include Life is Strange and Life is Strange: Beyond the Storm. Both games share the same setting. The games are set in Arcadia Bay, a fictional seaside town in northern Oregon, the USA.
What is Life is Strange (2015)?
Life is Strange (2015) is the first game is in the series. The game was released in five episodes and had Max Caulfield as the protagonist. Max was a photography student in Arcadia Bay when the town starts having strange events and changes in weather. The game wasn’t the perfect Life is Strange game, but as part of the first fame to be released in the series, it received numerous Game of the Year awards and nominations. It was criticized for poor attention to detail like lip-syncing, handling of certain sensitive subjects, and overall integrity.
Altogether, it was a great game with a solid story. Also, it was the first entry in the then one-of-a-kind series. Thus, there was a lot of room for improvement in the upcoming sequels.
What is Life is Strange: Before the Storm (2017)?
Life is Strange: Before is the Storm is a prequel to the original Life is Strange game from 2015. It is set in 2010, and the game features Chloe Price, a sixteen-year-old girl, as its protagonist. The game features the paranormal ability of backtalk which enables Chloe and Rachel Amber, a popular and beautiful girl whom Chloe looks up to.
The game was an amazing entry into the Life is Strange franchise as it continued chasing the emotional feelings and struggles of teenagers, with a bit of twist and magic.
Life is Strange Remastered Collection Official Trailer
An official trailer for the Life is Strange Remastered Collection dropped as early as June 2021, showcasing the improved character lighting and more dramatic lighting the new titles were coming with. This trailer shows the original intended release date for the collection: September 30, 2021. However, it didn’t make it that time. Watch the trailer from the embed below.
Life is Strange Remastered Collection: Release Date, Price, and Platforms
Life is Strange Remastered Collection is set to release on February 1st, 2022. The game was originally set to release alongside Life is Strange: True Colors in September 2021. However, it was consequently delayed to early 2022. That was until Square Enix confirmed the release date to be February 1st.
The Remastered Collection is available for $39.99 which includes the remastered versions of both Life is Strange (2015), and Life is Strange: Before the Storm (2017). It is worth noting that the original versions, originally released for the PS4 and the PS3 (for LiS 2015), are still available. The complete edition of Life is Strange (2015) with all five episodes would cost you $19.99. Whereas, Life is Strange: Before the Storm (2017) with all three episodes is priced at $16.99.
Square Enix is open to all the major platforms with this release. The Remastered Collection is making its way to Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Google Stadia, Nintendo Switch, and Microsoft Windows. The game’s release on such a large variety of platforms comes from the fact that it isn’t as resource-demanding as the other modern AAA titles that are coming out these days.
What are the Key Changes in Life is Strange Remastered Collection?
Life is Strange Remastered Collection is coming with several upgrades across the line. These include:
- An overall bump in the visuals and lighting. The environments are more detailed than ever before. Also, the increased power of the latest consoles, the character models have been made signficantly more detailed.
- Improved character animation across both games. Life is Strange Remastered is coming with fully redone facial mocap animations.
- The gameplay has been improved. The puzzles have been refined and updated for an overall better experience.
- Remastered Collection has been developed in Unreal Engine 4. This improved engine has added several more features that were unseen before.
- The number of endings depending on the player’s choices and their consequences has been increased.
- The game now allows the player to creatively use Max’s time control ability and Chloe’s wit simultaneously to alter the consequences.
- New original scores and licensed music.
This Collection is going to be a great excuse to relive the amazing games from Dontnod Entertainment. We can’t wait to jump in as soon as the game comes out.
Life is Strange Remastered Collection is set to release on February 1st, 2022 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, Google Stadia, Nintendo Switch, and Microsoft Windows.