The Life is Strange Remastered Collection was originally slated for launch on September 30, mere weeks after the release of Life is Strange: True Colors. However, a delay was officially announced in order to lighten the load on developer Deck Nine, which at the time was putting the finishing touches on True Colors. Now Square Enix has delivered the new date: February 1, 2022.
Life Is Strange Remastered Collection will feature remastered versions of Life is Strange and its prequel Life is Strange: Before the Storm. This remaster will feature redone character and environmental visuals, new lighting upgrades and other miscellaneous engine tweaks to bring the game more in line with gen eight and gen nine console hardware.
Additionally, fully motion captured facial animations will help smooth out some of the game’s original issues with lip syncing and character performance, two aspects that Life is Strange: True Colors vastly improved upon. All original deluxe content will be folded into the Remastered Collection such as the bonus episode ‘Farewell’ for Before the Storm and director’s commentary for the first Life is Strange.
The original Life is Strange was released as an episodic series throughout 2015 and was created and developed by French studio Dontnod Entertainment, the folks behind Remember Me and Vampyr. Dontnod’s creation made a strong impression with its mix of teen drama and dark subject matter, though in my opinion its handling of certain themes has not aged well.
Before the Storm followed in 2017 and was produced by Colorado-based Deck Nine. While Before the Storm benefited from dialogue written by actual Americans that features less of the widely criticized faux teen speak of the first game, it was also constrained by the limitations of a prequel. Before the Storm focused on Chloe Price and her doomed friendship with Rachel Amber.
Once again, Life is Strange Remastered Collection will launch on February 1, 2022, for Xbox One, Windows 10 PCs and Xbox Series X|S via backwards compatibility, though we shouldn’t rule out enhancements made to make the game Optimized for Xbox Series X|S. The collection will also be launching on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation and Google Stadia.