Life is Strange: True Colors is releasing September 10 for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, and Stadia. It will drop the series’ usual timed episodic releases. Instead, all five episodes are included in a one-time purchase at launch.
Deck Nine is developing the sequel, which they have been working on since 2017. The studio previously developed Life is Strange: Before the Storm. A character from the prequel, Steph Gingrich, will be making an appearance as a friend and potential romance option to playable character Alex Chen (Erika Mori).
The story will see Alex reunited with her brother Gabe in Haven Springs after eight years apart. Gabe soon dies under mysterious circumstances, and it’s up to Alex to uncover the truth using her empathic powers. These psychic abilities let Alex see and experience other people’s feelings, but at the risk of being ‘taken over’ by their emotions. How this translates into actual gameplay is unknown, but it seems like a unique narrative tool that fits in with previous entries’ usual supernatural slant on mystery, and friendship.
True Colors will implement full performance capture technology for the first time in the series. The developers also teased a more open-world style. You will be able to “freely explore the streets and spaces around Haven Springs”. Previous games were more linear, with exploration limited to certain story beats. Being able to move more freely throughout the game world would be a big change to the franchise.
The Ultimate Edition of True Colors includes Life is Strange: Remastered Collection. This visually enhanced bundle includes the original Life is Strange, and Life is Strange: Before the Storm. It is also being developed by Deck Nine. However, the Remastered Collection is not getting a next-gen upgrade. It will be available on PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Stadia.
What do you think of True Colors? Will you be picking up the Ultimate Edition?