Life Is Strange gets a dev diary worth watching (two more to come)

If the word ‘Dontnod’ doesn’t mean anything to you then, well, let us assure you that it deserves to. It’s the name of the French developing house that produced 2013’s Remember Me, a sci-fi action adventure that remains largely criminally (and ironically) ignored. We’re more than happy to see them return with another game, this time an episodic title even more strongly story-led by the name of ‘Life Is Strange’, launching at the end of this month.

The above video contains lots of interesting tidbits about development and the game itself; including the fact that publishers they approached before Square Enix wanted a male lead.

Remember Me had a strong story, and Life Is Strange carries some elements over. As well as a significant (and non-skimpily dressed) female presence in the script, the ideas of choice and consequence and interfering with past events make a return. While Remember Me allowed the player to change certain characters’ memories at determined points, Life Is Strange allows them to immediately rewind time a few precious seconds whenever they want. The game is more Walking Dead than Prince of Persia, however, which means that the time-fiddling feature can be used to retake decisions and solve puzzles. It’s also promised that player choices will have a distinct effect on events that follow, so you’ll want to be sure that your final choice for each action is the one you want to stick with. Oh, and here are some fascinating specs for the PC version:

MINIMUM:

OS: Windows Vista

Processor: Dual Core 2.0GHz or equivalent

Memory: 2 GB RAM

Graphics: ATI or NVidia card w/ 512 MB RAM (not recommended for Intel HD Graphics cards)

DirectX: Version 9.0

Hard Drive: 3 GB available space

 

RECOMMENDED:

OS: Windows 7

Processor: Dual Core 3.0GHz or equivalent

Memory: 2 GB RAM

Graphics: ATI or NVidia card w/ 1024 MB RAM (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 or ATI HD 4890)

DirectX: Version 9.0

Hard Drive: 3 GB available space

This is something we’ll be keeping a close eye on. Episode one will be downloadable for PC, PS3, 360, PS4, and Xbox One on January 30th; and there’s plenty of in-game footage for you to have a gander at in that video up there.

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Written by Luke K

Luke plays lots of videogames, now and again stopping to write about them. He’s the editor in chief at Critical Gamer, which fools him into thinking his life has some kind of value. Chances are, if you pick up a copy of the latest Official PlayStation Magazine or GamesMaster, you’ll find something he’s written in there.

Luke doesn’t have a short temper. If you suggest otherwise, he will punch you in the face.

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