Life Is Strange Director Wanted To Do More With The IP, But Square Enix Had No Plans

The story of Chloe and Max could have continued after the ending.

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  • Life is Strange director claimed he wanted to expand on the universe, but Square Enix had no plans for it.
  • The first game was written in a way to be a one-time thing, giving the devs no chance to explore it further.
  • Don’t Nod Entertainment’s next game, Lost Records will feature a much larger universe that can be developed thoroughly.

The original Life is Strange features a compelling story that arguably remains unmatched in the narrative genre. However, it could have been further explored instead of the complete conclusion that we saw. The game director Michel Koch recently appeared in an interview with GamesRadar and clarified that he wanted to grow the IP but Square Enix made the important decisions. The publisher had no plans to further develop the story.

For Life is Strange 1 we were working with Square Enix […] and at first there was no plan at all to have more than one game. It means that we never wrote the story and the characters while having in mind anything that could happen to them after the end of the game,” said the director.

Square Enix held the reigns to the franchise and made important decisions, such as a possible expansion laid in its hands. Therefore, the devs concluded the story in the original Life is Strange, making it impossible to expand on its game characters in the sequel. The publisher asked the devs to create the sequel after seeing the first title succeed, which was created in the same universe but with different characters. 

[Square Enix] planned and supervised the expansion, they hired Deck Nine to make other games within the franchise alongside ours, they found authors to write the comics, and crafted their own plan for this universe.”

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Don’t Nod Entertainment has learned from the past regrets, however, and its next title, Lost Records, will feature a “larger universe,” and the devs may even expand its characters in “future stories.” It is planned to launch sometime this year for PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S, and Xbox Series X.

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