Life is Strange Remastered Collection has a new trailer to celebrate its launch, and it revels in the turbulent emotions of its teen protagonists.
The 2017 prequel Life is Strange Before the Storm, developed by Colorado-based Deck Nine, went back to a time before the future of Arcadia Bay hung in the balance while also supplying answers to some of the lingering mysteries of the first game.
Released in 2015 as an episodic series, Life is Strange was a surprise hit from French studio Dontnod Entertainment. Back then episodic games were perceived as one of the many futures of cinematic narrative adventures, but that’s a future that has fallen largely by the wayside.
Since then there have been three follow-ups in the series. 2018’s Life is Strange 2 and last year’s Life is Strange True Colors. While never intended to be a showcase of the technical cutting edge, these games featured improved visuals and interesting experiments in narrative branching.
Deck Nine is effectively the steward of the series now that Dontnod has moved on to chart a different path. With the launch of Life is Strange Remastered Collection, they’ve folded in many of the improved techniques and technologies from True Colors into the original games. You can see for yourself what that looks like in the game’s launch trailer.
“Firstly, I want to recognize Dontnod for creating the incredible original Life is Strange game and now offer thanks to Deck Nine Games for improving the emotional on-screen performance of these beloved characters,” said Jon Brooke of Square Enix External Studios in a press release. “The result of both teams’ hard work is that the Life is Strange Remastered Collection can be the beginning of an exciting and emotional journey for many new players for years to come.”
You can play the game now if you’ve already pre-ordered it, whether separately or as part of the Ultimate Edition of Life is Strange True Colors. It is available on the Microsoft Store for PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.