During the Square Enix Presents streaming event, the publisher revealed it next addition to the Life is Strange series, titled Life Is Strange: True Colors. It is set launch on September 10th for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, PC and Stadia. The game is being developed by Deck Nine. Right now, preorders are available for True Colors.
It is likely that True Colors will not be a mainline entry for Life is Strange, but will be more along the lines of Before The Storm. This game was also developed by Deck Nine and was released between Dontnod Entertainment’s Life Is Strange and Life is Strange 2. Zack Garriss, the game’s director, said True Colors started development in 2017, so Deck Nine has been working on it since the launch on of Before The Storm.
“At its heart, this is a game about empathy–about how we connect to each other,” Garriss said. “The story is driven by a complex mystery, with supernatural elements all brought to life by an incredible cast.”
In True Colors you play as Alex Chen, who is traveling to Haven Springs (not Life Is Strange 2’s Haven Point) to reunite with her brother, Gabe. The two haven’t seen each other in eight years. Unfortunately, Gabe suddenly dies, but Alex realizes his death is no accident and there is more to Haven Springs than what meets the eye.
“What I love most about Alex is she’s this smart, resilient young woman who, at the start of the game, has already weathered a really difficult life in the foster care system,” Alex’s voice actor Erika Mori said. “But she still has this hope for the future–that somewhere, she can find a place to call home.”
Like previous titles, Alex possesses a supernatural ability: Empathy. This is not to be confused with the lowercase ‘e’ empathy.
“In Life Is Strange: True Colors, Alex’s power–or ‘curse,’ as she calls it at the start of the game–is an unparalleled empathetic ability: the psychic power of Empathy,” Mori said. “It allows her to experience the emotions of other characters around her, but it’s also a volatile power that can bleed into and take over her own emotions if she’s not careful.”
“This power is a key part of the game and very much under your control,” Garriss adds. “And there are plenty of opportunities to use your power as you freely explore the streets and spaces of Haven Springs.” In the trailer, Alex is seen tapping into other character’s emotions to better understand what they’re feeling and thinking. Upon approaching a person, you can get a glimpse of their general emotional state by the color of their aura. Purple seems to indicate fear, red — anger or frustration, blue equates to sadness, and so on.
There’s also a musical element included to True Colors, since Alex is a musician. However, Alex won’t be voiced by Mori during these musical scenes, mxmtoon will step in when Alex is singing instead. “As a long-time fan of Life Is Strange, being even a small part of this universe, and of Alex, means the absolute world to me,” she said.
Ture Colors is stepping away from the typical Life Is Strange formula. The game is throwing out the franchise’s episodic release format. It will also feature a semi-open world with optional content (like romantic interests). It’s also the most visually-advanced game in the series.
“Our extensive cast of characters is at the heart of every moment of the game and for the first time, they’re rendered using full performance capture technology–captured and animated here in-house at Deck Nine,” Garriss said.
“Making this the most visually-advanced entry in the series, and the true next generation of Life Is Strange,” Mori added.