Life is Strange 2 has gotten off to a strong start. Though the continuation of the story-driven adventure franchise doesn’t feature fan favorites Chloe and Max, the newest stars are already winning fans over from their first outing. Life is Strange 2 Episode 2: Rules picks up the story of brother Sean and Daniel Diaz as they flee some quite desperate circumstances after things go wrong during a bullying confrontation. The two brothers are trying to find somewhere safe, and their confused and desperate. Along the way, they’ll meet up with various characters, including Chris from The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit, and find their own way in the world.
Square Enix is hoping to deliver on an emotionally powerful story, and even touches on some timely political commentary which helped ground the initial episode in a more believable universe. Coupling these design decisions with the engaging dialogue and writing which makes the player feel the weight of their choices is a powerful combination. I can’t wait to see what the next episode has in for us when it comes out.
Jon Brooke, Co-Head of Studio at Square Enix External Studios, looks equally confident in the future success of the franchise judging from their statements:
“Life is Strange 2 got off to a strong start, but the best is yet to come. Episode 2 is going to be a great moment for this season. Previous seasons have both had a point that was just, ‘that moment’, that captivated fans from all over the world, and we feel like this will be the one for Life is Strange 2.”
To get players hyped for the upcoming release, Dontnod and Square Enix have released a new trailer, this time a live action version, showing the two main characters on the run. The trailer features voice actor Gonzalo Martin portraying his character Sean Diaz in live action, there’s also some gameplay thrown in there.
As for actual content, we see how Sean and Daniel flee more and more destruction along the course of their adventures, eventually meeting up with Chris and continuing their search for peace and safety. In particular, there’s a tease of their grandparents house, which is the first place we meet them in The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit.
Check out the live action trailer for Life is Strange 2 Episode 2 down below. Life is Strange 2 Episode 2: Rules is finally releasing for PC, PS4, and Xbox One on January 24, 2019. There are also plans to port the game to the Linux and Mac platforms as well, although those will come later in the year.