June 11, 2017
'Life Is Strange' Prequel 'Before The Storm' Announced, Familiar Characters To Come Back

Offering Life is Strange as a free title in the PS Plus program this month makes sense now. A prequel to the time-traveling teen drama game has been announced at Microsoft's E3 2017 panel. With the same characters, Life is Strange: Before the Storm will offer an insight into the events before Chloe and Max's time travel adventures.

New Life Is Strange Season Coming Soon

The episodic game Life is Strange blew the gamers away with its captivating story, its interesting characters, and its gameplay. The title had fans itching for more and hoping for a part two. With its huge success, it is no wonder that developer Dontnod Entertainment decided to release a follow-up. But it is not a sequel. Rather, it is a prequel.

Life is Strange: Before the Storm takes the players back to Arcadia Bay, where protagonists of the original title would have their adventures three years after. Engadget reported that the game will dwell in the period where Max left Chloe. The trailer also shows Rachel Amber, suggesting that the other characters will be there as well.

As of now, there is not much that is known about the new Life is Strange season. Gamespot noticed some coming-of-age and rebellion themes, but the story cannot be determined yet. Max seems to be already working on her photography and the Blackwell Academy looks to have been shut down.

The Before the Storm graphics are similar to the original Life is Strange, but it will be enhanced for the Xbox One X, which was also revealed in Microsoft's presentation. It might be enhanced as well for the PlayStation 4 Pro since it does not look like an Xbox-exclusive title.

All these speculations will be put to rest soon as the game nears its release. Fortunately, the wait is not going to be a long one. The first episode of the three-episode game Life is Strange: Before the Storm will be released on August 31. More details are expected to come in the weeks leading up to its debut.

Microsoft E3 2017 Presentation

While the new Life is Strange game is a big deal, it is not the biggest announcement during Microsoft's E3 2017 presentation. The Xbox One X, previously known as Project Scorpio, has just been announced with favorable details. The tech specs are impressive, as expected.

The Xbox One X's graphical capabilities are even better than PS4 Pro's, reported The Verge. Apart from glorious 4K gaming on a 4K TV, gamers who cannot afford that kind of television can enjoy enhanced graphics on 1080p TVs using "super sampling."

Xbox One accessories and games will be compatible, as well as Xbox 360 games. Microsoft also announced that games on the original Xbox will be arriving soon. Details about that are coming later. However, there is one sad news about the Xbox One X. It is priced at $499, about $100 more expensive than the PS4 Pro. It will be available on November 7.

Other important updates from the E3 2017 event include a gameplay footage from the new Assassin's Creed game set in Egypt, which is arriving on October 27 on all platforms; Forza 7, which kickstarted the Xbox One X reveal; and the Crackdown 3 announcement. The shooter game is a launch title of the new console.

More of Anthem, from the Mass Effect: Andromeda team, was also shown at Microsoft E3 conference. It was first revealed via a trailer during EA's pre-E3 presentation, the Inquisitr previously reported. Today's event showcased the gameplay, which will have players roam around lush alien landscapes using jetpacks. Aside from this cool feature, Anthem does not look any different from other shooters so far, but it is still too early to tell.

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