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Tell Me Why is the next narrative adventure game from Life is Strange developer Dontnod, Microsoft has announced tonight during X019.
Xbox Games Studios will partner with Dontnod to bring the game to Xbox One, Steam and Windows 10 PC in summer 2020.
It stars "the first playable video game hero from a major studio and publisher who is also transgender", Microsoft senior creative director Joseph Staten said in a statement today.
Spooky-ooky coming-of-age story Life Is Strange 2 has run into trouble with the Australian Classification Board and will be removed from sale down under for about a fortnight while they sort this out. If you already have it on PC (called a ‘compo’ or ‘pozza’ in Australia, probably), you’re grand. The developers don’t say exactly what the dispute is about, but I’d wager it’s down to something which has happened in later episodes of the series. Possibly a drug. Oh no.
Life is Strange 2 will be removed from Australian digital storefronts, according to the official Life is Strange Twitter account. As you've probably guessed, this move has been prompted by the Australian Classification Board: it's currently reviewing the game's age ratings.
As a result, the unavailability will only last for "approximately" two weeks. At the time of writing it's still available on Steam, and that's likely to last until Wednesday Australia time.
Here's the full statement:
At a hunch, I'd guess this is happening in order to rate each additional DLC and post-launch addition to the game: for an episodic game like Life is Strange 2, the vanilla launch build is obviously only a tiny part of the game as it stands right now. Recent examples of DLC triggering a ACB reappraisal include Kingdom Come: Deliverance and We Happy Few, which are both now available to purchase after a temporary delisting on digital storefronts.
The ACB has been in the headlines a bunch lately, mostly thanks to the belated (and frankly quite amusing) ban of DayZ. It fell afoul of Australia's ratings board due to DLC that hadn't even made it to the game yet. But the game is safely available to purchase now.
Thanks for the heads up, Kotaku.
Caution: Spoilers, duh.>
Brendan: Hello, Alice. This is going to come as a shock but listen, you ve been in a coma. Incredible I know, but while you were unconscious Life Is Strange 2 released the fourth episode of its road-tripping choice-o-rama, and now that you re back in conscious reality I d like to table a discussion on what the hell happened after the explosion on that sketchy weed farm back in June. All in favour, say aye . (This sounds like eye , which is a joke).