Life is Strange: Before the Storm

People love to obtain achievements and trophies in games. However, recently it was discovered that a trophy in Life is Strange: Before the Storm would actually be unobtainable for many players. However, it appears that was now an error. Last week, it was discovered that the Platinum Trophy for Life is Strange: Before the Storm would be unobtainable unless you purchased the Deluxe Edition of the game. Thankfully, Square Enix has cleared things up, announcing that a fix would be provided.

Based on a statement from publisher Square Enix (via Push Square), it looks like the original Life is Strange: Before the Storm Trophy list featured a snafu. The developer has already been notified of the situation and, according to the statement, the issue will be fixed; hopefully before the game launches next week.

When the Trophy list was first published, folks noticed that there was a gold Trophy in the mix awarded for completing the chapter named "Farewell." That's not super shocking, since plenty of games award Trophies and Achievements for completing certain game chapters. What sets this one apart, though, is the fact that "Farewell" is actually a bonus chapter only available if you purchase the Deluxe Edition of the game. We could obviously dig into whether or not gating what appears to be a final chapter to a game behind an additional paywall is rubbish or not, but that's an argument for another day.

The issue here is that the only way to get a Platinum trophy is to nab all other trophies tied to a game. In other words, based on that initial list, the only way to get the Platinum for Before the Storm would have been to fork over more money for an upgraded version of the game.

According to Square Enix, that was simply an oversight and will be addressed. In other words, they weren't trying to use the Platinum trophy to get folks to buy the extra DLC. Besides, they're already withholding planned game content to achieve that same purpose.

Passive aggressive jabs aside, the regular edition of this sequel to Life is Strange is $16.99 and includes three chapters of content. If you want the Deluxe Edition, it'll set you back $20.43 and include the Farewell chapter, as well as an outfit pack and what they're calling "Mix Tape Mode," which allows you to create a playlist of the game's licensed soundtrack to play alongside cinematics pulled from the game.

Honestly, this is one of those mishaps that's easy to believe was a legitimate oversight. If you're not the type of person to even pay attention to Trophies, you probably would have never even known it was an issue. However, some folks take those things very seriously, so it would be a bad idea to ostensibly lock the full points of a Platinum Trophy behind paid DLC. However, it does kind of make us wonder if the game was originally planned as four chapters from the get-go, which would mean the original Trophy list was accurate until that final chapter was sliced off as a Deluxe Edition bonus. But that's just the conspiracy theorist in me talking. The first episode of Life is Strange: Before the Storm hits August 31.

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