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Heads up, Life Is Strange fans — Deck Nine Games has lifted the veil on an all-new chapter in the third-person choice-based adventure series. Aptly titled Life Is Strange: Double Exposure, the upcoming segment will serve as a direct continuation to Max’s journey, which means players can expect yet another batch of time-centric super powers to utilize, ordeals to unlock, and mysteries to chew through with a lens and indie mixtape. And if that hasn’t got you screaming boomer jargon like, I don’t know, HELLA, then you’re in for a treat: it’s due to arrive as early as Q4 2024. So, if you have ever wondered what on earth happened to Max in the aftermath of the Arcadia Bay endeavor, then be sure to staple this one to your to-do list.

Not quite satisfied with what we’ve covered so far? Don’t sweat it, as we’ll be going over all of the details that have been posted on the upcoming sequel so far. Care to join us as we dip into Deck Nine Games’ latest episode in the acclaimed series? Then let’s press on.

What Is Life Is Strange: Double Exposure?

Life Is Strange: Double Exposure is an upcoming third-person adventure game, and the sequel to 2015’s Life Is Strange. Contrary to popular belief, the next segment in the series is not related to Life Is Strange 2 or Life Is Strange: True Colors; in fact, the game will focus on the events that took place after the fallout of Arcadia Bay—a catastrophic turning point that left protagonist Max with one monumental decision: to save the citizens of Arcadia Bay from a looming storm, or to save Chloe, but at the cost of the city’s future. For the record, Double Exposure will, from the looks of it, take place in the aftermath of this timeline, and will once again feature Max as its primary protagonist.

Of course, there’s still a fair amount that we don’t actually know about the upcoming sequel. With that said, we do know that it will feature a slightly maturer Max, as well as an entirely new power: the ability to travel between two alternate timelines, according to the devs. Aside from these two things, Double Exposure will also host a web of new characters, locations, and mysteries — making it a grand slam of resurrections, all things considered.

Story

In-game cutscene (Life Is Strange: Double Exposure)

Double Exposure will pick up with the once-starry-eyed photographer, Max Caulfield—a student who, in the wake of discovering an alluring power that allowed her to rewind time and alter past events, was left with the vital role of deciding the future of her hometown of Arcadia Bay. This time around, however, times have changed, and Max is in possession of a new power—an ability that allows her to freely roam between two timelines, one in which her best friend, Safi, is dead, and another, in which the character is still alive. Surprise surprise, it’ll be up to you, as the wielder of worlds, to connect the dots and alter the future of these characters’ lives.

Gameplay

Max making a choice (Life Is Strange: Double Exposure)

In a similar fashion as the earlier chapters in the series, Double Exposure will adopt a third-person gameplay style, one in which players will be able to explore areas, converse with other townsfolk, and make important decisions that shape the future of the world and its inhabitants. Like before, players will also be able to utilize Max’s powers to switch between two dimensions, one of which will depict a rather grizzly series of events, and another that will host a few uncharted moments—stepping stones on which you must travel in order to carve out the best possible outcome. Naturally, there’ll be joyous times, depressing ones, and, going by the series’ history of being a “quirky” art piece, a boatload of indie anthems that’ll no doubt get the attention of anyone who’s ever binged a scene of Juno. Right on.

Development

In-game cutscene (Life Is Strange: Double Exposure)

Deck Nine Games and Square Enix officially lifted the lid on Life Is Strange: Double Exposure during the Summer Games Fest — specifically, the Xbox Showcase, a two-hour event that regularly hosts several of the biggest games both in development and out. During the time of its announcement, the developer stated that the game is currently shaping up for a release on current-gen consoles, as well as PC, for a Q4 2024 launch. It was also mentioned during the time that the game will be aiming to debut on Nintendo Switch at some stage in the near future.

Trailer

Life is Strange: Double Exposure – Announce Trailer (ESRB)

Thanks to the Xbox Showcase, which took place earlier last week, we do have a bit of footage of the upcoming installment to gloss over. Need we say more? You can check out the initial announcement trailer for Life Is Strange: Double Exposure in the video embedded above.

Release Date, Platforms & Editions

Max analyzing scene (Life Is Strange: Double Exposure)

Life Is Strange: Double Exposure is currently due to arrive on Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, Switch, and PC via Steam on October 29, 2024.

As mentioned by the developer in an earlier press release, Life Is Strange: Double Exposure will be launching in three separate editions: Standard, Deluxe, and Ultimate. Here’s what you can expect to find in each of the versions on consoles and PC:

Standard Edition
  • Life Is Strange: Double Exposure
Deluxe Edition
  • Life Is Strange: Double Exposure
  • Spooky Outfit Pack
  • Decades Outfit Pack
Ultimate Edition
  • Life Is Strange: Double Exposure
  • Spooky Outfit Pack
  • Decades Outfit Pack
  • Final Fantasy VII Outfit Pack
  • Fan Favorite Outfit Pack
  • Paw Prints Cat Outfit Pack
  • Exclusive Cat Content

Interested in staying up to date with the Life Is Strange IP? If so, then be sure to check in with the team over at Deck Nine Games via their official social handle here. If anything even remotely newsworthy does pop up ahead of its release, then we’ll be sure to fill you in on all the key details right here on gaming.net.

 

So, what’s your take? Will you be picking up a copy of Life Is Strange: Double Exposure when it arrives on consoles and PC? Let us know your thoughts over on our social channel here.

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