Life is Strange launch trailer sets the scene for time-traveling teens

Life is Strange

Chrysalis, the first episode of Life is Strange, is now available, and as is the custom it's got a launch trailer that sets up the game's characters, background, and a Big Secret Mystery. (Spoiler: Max can reverse time.) The developers at Dontnod also revealed a bit about what players can expect from the intro chapter, and how it will extend over the course of the full game.

The opening chapter is "basically an introduction to the world of Life is Strange," the studio said in a press release. Players will make decisions that will influence the destinies of Max and Chloe in the wake of their reunion, but while some of the consequences of these choices will be immediately apparent, Dontnod warned that "there are also mid and long-term repercussions that will pan out over the course of the later episodes, in a butterfly effect manner."

Chrysalis will also serve as an introduction to the game's mechanics, although those will evolve over the course of the game as well, as interactions and "rewinds"—that is, Max's ability to reverse time—grow in complexity.

Life is Strange is available now on Steam, in individual chapters or as a "complete season" bundle. The Life is Strange soundtrack is also up for your listening pleasure on Spotify and YouTube.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.