Train2Game News Life is Strange Before the Storm Episode 1


SQUARE ENIX®, publisher of award-winning and best-selling videogame franchises such as FINAL FANTASY® and TOMB RAIDER®, today released an emotive new video that features real people, with real, genuine stories of friendship and love to celebrate the launch of LIFE IS STRANGE™: BEFORE THE STORM, out now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC.

The three-minute video, entitled “An Open Letter”, was been created to reflect the strong themes of friendship, love and support in the game.

In LIFE IS STRANGE: BEFORE THE STORM, Chloe and Rachel develop a special bond over the time they spend together. Almost everyone can name that one person who defined a very special time of their life. In some cases, these relationships can span a few short months and in other cases, decades. To celebrate the release of Episode One, we invited a small group of real people to write an open letter to that special person in their own life…

Square Enix Vice President for Brand Marketing Jon Brooke said: “I wanted to capture the emotion and spirit of Life is Strange in a way that you don’t usually see in video game advertising. As a game, it braves to be different, harnessing emotions rarely seen in video games and I wanted the advertising to match this. I am really pleased with how it turned out. It’s designed to remind us that life is all about our relationships and a strong friendship can change everything. I hope everyone can relate to that.”

Creative Agency, Ralph, spent many weeks reaching out to pairs of best friends, asking for stories and insights into how their friendship had lasted through even the toughest of times.

““We took a risk with this strategy and we wouldn’t have achieved the emotion within the video had we not chosen some extraordinary people willing to open their hearts on camera,” admitted Ralph’s Creative Director Gregor Stevenson. “The raw intensity of their reactions as they read their best friends’ innermost thoughts is what we wanted to capture from the start. And that’s what we got. Our goal was to portray each friendship in an engaging and empathetic way, whilst reflecting the authenticity and uniqueness of the characters in the game.”

LIFE IS STRANGE: BEFORE THE STORM is the next game in Square Enix’s award-winning, multi-million copy selling, episodic franchise. Set in Arcadia Bay, three years before the events of the first game in the series. Players will take on the role of a rebellious 16 year-old Chloe Price who forms an unlikely friendship with Rachel Amber; a beautiful and popular girl destined for success. When Rachel’s world is turned upside down by a family secret, it takes this new-found alliance to give each other the strength to overcome their demons.

The new video entitled “An Open Letter” can be found here.

Released last week, the Gamescom Launch Trailer can be found here.

Train2Game News Life is Strange digital series

​Legendary Digital Studios and Square Enix will join forces on the development of a digital series based on the critically acclaimed, multi award-winning video game, Life Is Strange™, it was announced today by Greg Siegel, Senior Vice President of Development and Production for Legendary Digital Studios.
The project will be developed and produced in conjunction with Dmitri Johnson and Dan Jevons of dj2 Entertainment who recently produced the upcoming film Sonic the Hedgehog for Sony Pictures. Life is Strange™ was brought into Legendary by Cory Lanier who will oversee the project with Siegel.

Life Is Strange™ follows the story of photography enthusiast Max Caulfield, a high-school senior who discovers she can rewind time while saving her best friend Chloe Price. The pair soon find themselves investigating the mysterious disappearance of fellow student Rachel Amber, which uncovers a dark side to life in Arcadia Bay. In addition to winning the BAFTA for Best Story, the Peabody Award, the Golden Joystick’s Performance of the Year and The Game Awards’ Games for Impact Award, Life Is Strange™ has garnered over 75 Game of the Year awards and listings.

“Life is Strange™ is one of those rare properties that combines incredibly developed characters and storylines with deeply engaging gameplay,” said Siegel. “It lends itself perfectly to live-action imaginings. We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Square Enix, DONTNOD Entertainment and dj2 to bring the world of Arcadia Bay to life in an exciting new way.”

“We’re proud and excited to be working alongside Legendary to realise a new version of Arcadia Bay and Blackwell Academy complete with our rich cast of realistic, believable characters and memorable events,” said Jon Brooke, VP Brand and European Marketing at Square Enix. “Now that the first episode of the Life is Strange™ game is free to download on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Mac and PC, there’s never been a better time to play or to introduce a friend to the beautiful world of Arcadia Bay”.

To celebrate, there’s a brand new trailer showing Max and Chloe in action available now. Check it out here.

Legendary Digital Studios, Square Enix and dj2 are currently meeting with potential writers for the series adaptation.

Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games – 25.01.16

cod_blackops3Call of duty Black ops 3 is still number one in the charts this week but there are some new games! Resident Evil Origins collection has entered the charts at number six and just behind at number seven is Life is Strange.

All formats
Week ending 23 January 2016

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III ACTIVISION 1
2 FIFA 16 EA SPORTS 3
3 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 2
4 TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW 6: SIEGE UBISOFT 5
5 STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT EA GAMES 4
6 RESIDENT EVIL ORIGINS COLLECTION CAPCOM
7 LIFE IS STRANGE SQUARE ENIX
8 JUST CAUSE 3 SQUARE ENIX 6
9 FALLOUT 4 BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 8
10 DISHONORED: DEFINITIVE EDITION BETHESDA SOFTWORKS
11 LEGO JURASSIC WORLD WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 9
12 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION MICROSOFT 10
13 MINECRAFT: STORY MODE TELLTALE GAMES 13
14 DISNEY INFINITY 3.0 DISNEY INFINITY 12
15 DESTINY: THE TAKEN KING ACTIVISION 20
16 THE EVIL WITHIN BETHESDA SOFTWORKS
17 TERRARIA 505 GAMES
18 NEED FOR SPEED EA GAMES 19
19 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 11
20 FORZA MOTORSPORT 6 MICROSOFT 18
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Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2016 UKIE Ltd

These charts cannot be reproduced either in print or online without obtaining permission from Ukie. If you wish to reproduce the charts in print or online, please contact david.smith@ukie.org.uk for the appropriate license.

Train2Game News Life is Strange against Bullying

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To celebrate everyday heroes standing up against bullying, LIFE IS STRANGE™ publisher, Square Enix®, has partnered with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center (NBPC) for a special community donation challenge.

The team behind LIFE IS STRANGE and PACER encourage their communities to use the hashtag #EverydayHeroes  to share their stories about overcoming adversity, standing up for what’s right, helping a friend in need, and more. For every post using the hashtag #EverydayHeroes from January 13 to January 19th, Square Enix will make a donation to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. To highlight the heroes all around us, these stories will also be featured online at everydayheroes.lifeisstrange.com.

To introduce this partnership, Square Enix has created a video, voiced by Ashly Burch (award-winning voice actress behind Chloe in LIFE IS STRANGE). That video can be viewed on YouTube [here].

For more information about the promotion, visit: everydayheroes.lifeisstrange.com or about PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, visit: PACER.org/bullying

The award-winning episodic series developed by DONTNOD, LIFE IS STRANGE follows the story of Max Caulfield, a photography senior who discovers she can rewind time while saving her best friend Chloe Price. The pair soon finds themselves investigating the mysterious disappearance of fellow student Rachel Amber, uncovering a dark side to life in Arcadia Bay. Meanwhile, Max must quickly learn that changing the past can sometimes lead to a devastating future.

The LIFE IS STRANGE: Limited Edition complete season box will launch January 19th for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.