Life is Strange: Before the Storm will address the romantic feelings between Chloe and Rachel. In a new interview, developer Deck Nine Games reveals that its prequel series will feature the romance between the two teens.
A recent Life is Strange: Before the Storm developer diary touched upon Chloe and Rachel’s relationship, but this is the first confirmation that the game will look at the romance directly.
Life is Strange: Before the Storm Lets Players Choose Romance
In a new interview with GamesBeat, the game’s lead writer Zak Garriss explains that players can choose to pursue their romance (or not.) If players do decide to decide to make Chloe and Rachel’s relationship romantic, then “it’s very much a part of the story.”
Although Garriss promises a “relatable story that feels organic,” “authentic” and deals with “real-world issues,” the writer suggests that the story of Life is Strange: Before the Storm will not necessarily stay the same depending on whether that relationship is romantic or not. “There are spaces where the nature of Chloe’s relationship with Rachel matters and you’ll see the story reflect that, and maybe there are spaces where you won’t see that,” says Garriss.
“In reality there are more than just two ways the way the relationship can move forward. If it’s romantic or not, that’s one way to slice it, to make it into a binary. But one thing we explore that relationships aren’t static. They’re not decided in a single moment. It’s an ongoing conversation. Your own feelings will change, especially when you’re a teenager, and we’ll have choices and context that reflect that. 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.”
Garriss also discusses the the romance in the first Life is Strange and how that game was ” very intentional, very careful, and we think very successful about doing that.” Additionally, the writer notes that by “allowing for the possibility” of romance for the two girls, Life is Strange: Before the Storm “does a lot of work to represent that community in a way that I think it hasn’t been historically represented in games.”
While it is positive to have confirmation that Life is Strange: Before the Storm will not shy away from same-sex relationships, it is also positive that Garriss and co. realise that LGBTQ characters are not often represented in video games. The fact that Garriss understands that the representation has not always been good either, is also a good sign and there’s not long now to see how the developer will deliver on these promises.
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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