One of the best video games of 2015 is getting the live-action treatment, as Square Enix is partnering up with Legendary Digital and DJ2 Entertainment to produce a new series based on the critically acclaimed adventure title Life is Strange.
Set in the Pacific Northwest in the fictional town of Arcadia Bay, the game tells the story of Max Caulfield, a senior at an elite boarding school who discovers she has the ability to rewind time and revisit important moments in her past. Reuniting with her childhood best friend Chloe, Max begins investigating the mysterious disappearance of a fellow student, but quickly discovers that changing the past can have major implications on the present.
Winner of numerous awards including 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 is an emotionally gripping and tension-filled thriller, and the idea of revisiting this world in a brand new medium is something I’m incredibly excited for.
Legendary Digital’s Greg Siegel had this to say in an official press release:
“Life is Strange is one of those rare properties that combines incredibly developed characters and storylines with deeply engaging gameplay. It lends itself perfectly to live-action imaginings. We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Square Enix, DONTDOD Entertainment and dj2 to bring the world of Arcadia Bay to life in an exciting new way.”
Square Enix VP of brand and European marketing Jon Brooke also expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership:
“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.”
If you haven’t yet checked out Life is Strange, I highly encourage you to give it a shot. The game’s art style takes some getting used to, but the writing and voice acting are top-notch, and the numerous choices you’ll be faced with actually have a significant impact on the narrative. The first episode is currently free to download on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Mac and PC.
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