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Life is Strange dev diary discusses time travel

Life Is Strange

Dontnod's Remember Me let you rewind memories; Life is Strange lets you rewind time. That's bound to have interesting repercussions in an episodic adventure game, and to that end the developers have outlined how your time power works in the above video, the second in their dev diary series.

Every time travel story worth its salt establishes its rules and then adheres to them slavishly, and by the sounds of it Life is Strange might be one of the good ones. Choices/actions in the story can be rewound using protagonist Max's special power, but any items she may have acquired in the process will be kept on her person. Meanwhile, Max remains motionless as she uses her mysterious powers, so you won't be able to run around in time travel mode. Booooo. There's also a neat double exposure visual effect active while you undo time, underlying the fact that Max is into photography.

The first episode of Life is Strange is out January 30th; you can watch the first dev diary, and check out the system requirements here.

Tom Sykes

Tom loves exploring in games, whether it’s going the wrong way in a platformer or burgling an apartment in Deus Ex. His favourite game worlds—Stalker, Dark Souls, Thief—have an atmosphere you could wallop with a blackjack. He enjoys horror, adventure, puzzle games and RPGs, and played the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VIII with a translated script he printed off from the internet. Tom has been writing about free games for PC Gamer since 2012. If he were packing for a desert island, he’d take his giant Columbo boxset and a laptop stuffed with PuzzleScript games.