Developer DONTNOD has released 20 minutes of gameplay for Life is Strange 2, giving us a closer look at its dreamy portrayal of Seattle, and at its main protagonist Sean Diaz.
The gameplay demo, which you can check out below, points to a much higher level of production this time around. The wonderful indie licensed soundtrack dips in and out, moving from a sweeping overture to a tinny rendition blasting from the main character’s phone speakers. The visuals too, have been improved tenfold, a fact no doubt owing to the new engine that Life is Strange 2 is built on.
While it focuses on a brand new setting and cast of teenage characters, Life is Strange 2 is definitely a fully-fledged Life is Strange game. Dialogue choices pop up often, and the floaty, dream-like camera style from the first game remains. What is different is the fluidity of the conversations and actions carried out by the player. In the demo, Sean enters a room and is engaged by his Father. From there the player can choose to trigger a conversation or continue exploring, with the sequence blended together in a much smoother manner than the frankly jittery pace of the first game.
Thanks to last night’s (August 20) Life is Strange 2 reveal event, we now know a little bit more about the highly anticipated sequel. It’ll focus on brothers Sean and Daniel Diaz as they run away from home, propelled by a mysterious incident involving one of the boys’ superhuman powers. There will be five episodes in total, with the first releasing September 27.
Earlier this year, a spin-off game was released. The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit served as a taster for Life is Strange 2, offering hints to the overarching plot, and how the series’ penchant for the supernatural will come into play.
DONTNOD has teased more reveals for Life is Strange 2 planned for the next few weeks. We’ll be sure to bring you more news as we get it. In the meantime, you can head over to our Life is Strange Guides Hub for more info.