Dontnod's original Life is Strange followed the rules of the many episodic adventure games to come before it - the choices you make alter the course of the game. It's prequel, Life if Strange: Before the Storm stays true to this iconic feature.
In a new video detailing how Deck Nine plan to flesh out the relationship of Chloe and Rachel - a topic that pulled the original game forward - the cast and crew talk about how players will have the final say in the question that's pulled on their heartstrings since the first game.
The original Life is Strange has Chloe lamenting the disappearance of Rachel - her only real friend since Max Caufield (the protagonist) left Arcadia Bay when they were kids. Moving back home for college and running into Chloe kick-started their friendship once more; but Chloe was battling demons of her own, and Max was determined to work out what had happened.
While players got their answer, we didn't get to see much of why Chloe was so affected by Rachel's vanishing. Deck Nine's efforts are designed to flesh out the relationship between the story of the two characters who propelled the first game forward. And while Chloe's original voice actor doesn't reprise her role; she uses the knowledge of her performance to act as a writing consultant on the game while helping to direct her stand-in on what Chloe is dealing with.
It's an interesting insight into an otherwise delicate process. Due to the ambiguity of Chloe's relationship with Rachel in the first game, it's open season on the prequel. Meaning player actions will, once again, reflect on how their friendship played out. We don't know Rachel's true nature, not the effect it will have on a delicate Chloe.