Released on February 1st on playstation4, Xbox One, computer (Steam) and Stadia, Life is Strange Remastered Collectionwhich should also have been released the same day on nintendo-switch, had finally been pushed back only on this support. The development team needed more time to get the Switch versions of the two games from the compilation, Life is Strange Remastered and Life is Strange: Before the Storm Remastered, are ready. The editor, Square-Enixended up announcing the definitive release date for the collection on Switch this week, set for September 27 next, with two surprises. The first is that especially for this Switch version, the compilation has been renamed Life is Strange: Arcadia Bay Collection. The second is the confirmation of the arrival of a physical edition, the compilation therefore coming out both for download and in box next September 27 at the price of €39.99. However, the game card included in this physical edition will only include Life is Strange Remastered. To play Life is Strange: Before the Storm Remastered, you will need to use a download code provided with the box on the eShop. Pre-orders for the physical edition have started on the Square Enix official store and will gradually open to other online stores. You can view images directly from the Switch version at the end of the article. The first 11 images are from the first Life is Strange, while all of the images after the cover art are from Before the Storm.
The content will be no different compared to Life is Strange Remastered Collection. So there will be the very first game in the series and Life is Strange: Before the Storm with characters and environments remastered by the Deck Nine studio, improvements to the game engine and lighting, new facial animations made by motion capture and finally the Deluxe content of Before the Storm which will therefore be directly included (the outfits , the Farewell episode and the Zombie Crypt outfit).
Commenting on the release date announcement, Jon Brooke, Co-Head of Studio for Square Enix External Studios said: “I would first like to salute DONTNOD for creating the extraordinary first LIFE IS STRANGE game, and also to thank Deck Nine Games for improving the emotional interpretation of these iconic characters in these new editions. Bringing these award-winning stories to Nintendo Switch was essential to us, as was the care the Deck Nine team took in their development. We can’t wait to bring these must-have games to new players. »
The improvements detailed by Square Enix
- Native 4K rendering in the Unreal 4 engine, with an overhaul of the lighting process;
- New character models improved for 4K with more polygon count and morphological detail;
- All character models feature more expressive and emotion-rich animations, more natural hair movements, and improved tears and wounds, among others;
- Max’s tears and expressions are more detailed thanks to improved special effects;
- Nathan and Chloe’s expressions and eyes have been reworked;
- New lip-sync animations;
- New improved scenic elements to provide more reflections and better textures;
- Improved models and materials for key objects, like the bucket in the toilet.
Started in 2015 by the French studio Dontnod Entertainment (Remember Me, Vampyr, The Amazing Adventures of Captain Spirit, Tell Me Why, Twin Mirror) with the support of the European branch of Square Enix, the adventure game series Life is Strange has been very successful worldwide , to the point that a prequel, Life is Strange: Before the Storm, designed by the American company Deck Ninemanages to see the light of day in 2017, and that a sequel entitled Life is Weird 2 by the original developers will be released between 2018 and 2019. This sequel is currently not planned for Switch, but the last game in the saga, Life is Strange: True Colorscame out fine on the console.
Official Description of Life is Strange Remastered
” Rediscover Life is Strange, the BAFTA-winning game, in a superbly remastered version with overhauled graphics and enhanced animations thanks to motion capture.
Play as Max Caulfield, a photographer discovering the ability to go back in time when she saves her best friend Chloe Price from a violent attack.
The two young girls investigate the mysterious disappearance of their comrade Rachel Amber and lift the veil on the dark side of Arcadia Bay. Max, meanwhile, discovers that altering the past can lead to the worst disasters. »
Official Description of Life is Strange: Before the Storm Remastered
” Life is Strange: Before the Storm returns with improved character and environment graphics.
The title takes place three years before Life is Strange and allows you to embody a sixteen-year-old Chloe Price who befriends Rachel Amber, a popular girl who is promised a good career.
When Rachel discovers a secret about her family that could destroy her life, it’s this newfound friendship that gives her the strength to hold on.
Together, the young girls must face their demons and exorcise them.
- Characters and environments with remastered graphics
- Enhanced character animations by capturing facial expressions
- Updated and tweaked puzzles
- Engine and lights upgrades
- A scenario that adapts to the player’s choices, with many endings
- Go back in time with Max, change the course of things with Chloe
- A licensed soundtrack and original titles »
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Life is Strange: Arcadia Bay Collection will be released on Nintendo Switch on September 27, 2022 with a physical edition – Nintendo-Difference