From Square Enix comes a gameplay trailer for the prequel, Life is Strange: Before the Storm. This is the most we’ve seen of the game so far and it looks like the game holds just as much teenage drama as the original game. In this video we see Chloe Price dealing with the unwelcome arrival of a new father figure, David. Chloe is still dealing with the death of her father, but it seems her mother has moved on before her daughter was ready.
Despite Chloe’s clear vitriolic hatred of David, the man isn’t really that bad. He deals with her hostility in a gentle manner as one both used to it and not wanting to start a fight. Though there will surely be a point where Chloe pushes David too far and being human, David will likely lash out. No matter how justified, such a shouting match will push Chloe away further. Perhaps further into the arms Rachael, but it doesn’t seem Chloe has properly met her yet, much less started dating.
The video begins with Chloe waking up and reminiscing about the events of the night before, which apparently took place at the Mill. Keep in mind that this is not the full sequence, Square has cut this video together from a much longer scene.
I do wish that there was more attention paid to the struggle of not being completely heterosexual. It seems like Life is Strange is part of an alternate world where no one cares or blinks an eye if you’re dating someone of the same sex. As much as I dream of such a world, it does not reflect reality very well. I think it is important to show that struggle against the tidal forces of social norms and taboos, along with the drama and plot this game otherwise has. If the game can show Chloe struggling with the very complicated issue of a parent’s death, they can show what it’s like to realize you’re not heterosexual, especially as a teenager.
The first of three episodes of Life is Strange: Before the Storm is called “Awake” and will release August 31, 2017 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.