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For folks out there who played Life is Strange and thought, "golly, this would make a pretty great television series," your prayers may have been answered. It looks like just such a project is actually in the works.
This news comes to us directly from Legendary Digital Studios, who yesterday announced a partnership with publisher Square Enix and DJ2 to turn the episodic game Life is Strange into a digital series. And don't worry, I won't be giving any spoilers here, so feel free to read on without fear of having major plot details ruined.
Anyone who has played Life is Strange likely noticed that the game wore some influences proudly on its sleeve, mixing a bit of Veronica Mars with the beloved cult classic series Twin Peaks. In it, a young woman discovers that she has the ability to turn back time, thus altering the course of events throughout the multi-part game.
Across that series, we see a solid cast of characters tackle some interesting (and sometimes creepy) situations, all while dealing with the complex social and emotional dramas that go along with being a teen. In other words, it's basically a perfect blend of ingredients for a television series, like Dawson's Creek with time travel...Maybe that was a bad comparison. Was Dawson's Creek any good? If not, then pretend I named a quality show about teen angst and complex relationships.
According to the announcement, the Life is Strange show will be produced in conjunction with Dimitri Johnson and Dan Jevons of DJ2 Entertainment, who recently took on the Sonic the Hedgehog film for Sony Pictures. You can take a look at a trailer for the game below.
In case you forgot how much people loved Life is Strange, the announcement throws in a reminder of its 75-plus Game of the Year awards, as well as its BAFTA for Best Story, the Peabody Award and the Golden Joystick for Performance of the Year. Obviously, that's exactly the kind of game to make folks' ears perk up when it comes to moving a project to a different medium.
Jon Brooke, VP of Brand and European Marketing at Square Enix, said the team is excited to "realize a new version of Arcadia Bay and Blackwell Academy," so maybe the series will take a few detours from the game's plot.
As for how far along the project is, meetings are currently being held to decide on a writer for the Life is Strange series, so don't expect to tuck in for a viewing anytime soon.
In the meantime, though, the first episode of Life is Strange is free on pretty much every platform, so you might as well see what all the fuss is about.