Life is Strange: Before the Storm, which has queer themes, is carefully handling how romantic relationships work.
Speaking to GamesBeat, Lead Writer Zak Gariss said protagonist Chloe Price can choose to purse a romantic relationship with Rachel Amber. However, Gariss stressed that romancing Rachel is not done “in a singular moment” as connecting with her is always “an ongoing conversation.”
“Your own feelings will change, especially when you’re a teenager, and we’ll have choices and context that reflect that,” Gariss said. “The other person in a relationship, friendly or more so, changes and evolves too. You learn things about them that might change your association with them.”
Gariss said developer Deck Nine Games focused on making Life is Strange: Before the Storm have an organic, relatable story with real-world issues. Because Chloe and Rachel live in a morally-gray world, multiple paths are available for players to weave their own story, which also leads to unique scenes.
Apparently, Deck Nine Games is invested in making Chloe have different relationships with others, and minor choices “ripple throughout the entire game,” which adds to its replayability. Speaking to GameSpot, Gariss said further along in Life is Strange: Before the Storm’s story are complex branching moments that introduce unique scenes for each player. “Based on that, we always focus on the relationships that you’ve developed with the characters versus their relationships that I’ve developed.”
Life is Strange: Before the Storm‘s first episode, ‘Awake’, launches on August 31 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The game’s Deluxe Edition includes an exclusive self-contained episode featuring Max Caulfield, which releases after Life is Strange: Before the Storm’s third and final episode.