A new developer diary for Life is Strange: Before the Storm puts the spotlight on Chloe and Rachel’s dynamic. The game, which is a prequel to Dontnod Entertainment’s Life is Strange, is a prequel that takes place prior to Max and Chloe’s supernatural adventure.
Before the Storm is just one big game that will focus on tenuous female relationships this summer, with Uncharted: The Lost Legacy also featuring two female protagonists.
Life is Strange: Before the Storm – Does Chloe Have a Crush on Rachel?
In Life is Strange: Before the Storm, the focus is on Chloe Price and her best friend Rachel Amber. Set three years before the first Life is Strange game, the new title will look at the “very beginning” of their friendship as well as the “events that brought them so close together.”
“Finding Rachel at this point in her life is a big deal for [Chloe],” explains Ashly Burch (the voice of Chloe in the first game) in a new dev diary. Meanwhile, lead writer Zak Garriss adds that the two girls “desperately” need each other and are able to pull “strength” from one another.
But there is also the big question of whether or not their dynamic is healthy. Garriss notes that Rachel has a “power and a charisma” and an “incredible” meaning to Chloe, but “we don’t know if it’s purely good.” Although it can be great to meet someone like that, it’s not always a good thing says the writer, but the decisions players make in Life is Strange: Before the Storm can shape that relationship and the impact it has on Chloe.
Many fans are already questioning whether those decisions involve figuring out whether Chloe and Rachel’s relationship was a romantic one or if Chloe’s intense feelings for the other girl were not totally platonic. Chloe loved Rachel, as confirmed in the first Life is Strange, but was that as friends or something more? The first game heavily implies that Chloe isn’t heterosexual, after all, and hopeful fans have already spent some time debating whether she is an example of canon LGBTQ representation in games.
Garriss and Burch make no confirmations but Rhianna DeVries (who voices Chloe in Before the Storm) says that she voiced the character from a perspective of “you can’t be with someone you love anymore” and tried to play the character “as raw and as close to heart as possible.”
DeVries also addresses the fact that many fans are interested in understanding the complexity of Rachel and Chloe’s relationship, including the layers to that and how it broke down. But how much closure Life is Strange: Before the Storm will offer on that front during its three episode run is unclear for now.
The first episode of Life is Strange: Before the Storm will release on August 31 on Windows PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
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