Life is Strange: True Colors is the brand new entry to the narrative adventure series Life is Strange. This is the third major instalment to the series and stars a new lead character – Alex Chen. Despite True Colors being unrelated to the past Life is Strange instalments, we still see hallmarks of the game’s signature blend of strong storytelling amongst supernatural powers and teen angst.
With Life is Strange having such a huge fan following we’re getting a lot of teases and hints before the game is out. If you’re already on the pre-order list or are curious about True Colors, then check out our article on everything you need to know about the game. We cover the story, gameplay, the new town we’re in and of course information on DLCs and all that. There’s an index below as well for you to jump to your favourite part.
Life Is Strange: True Colors launches on September 10th for PlayStation 4|5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC – Steam, and Google Stadia. Expect the Life is Strange: True Colors for Nintendo Switch however to only be out next year.
Life Is Strange: True Colors introduces us to Alex Chen, a young Asian American woman. She’s recently moved to the fictional Colorado town of Haven Springs to reunite with her brother Gabe.
As we see from the trailer her brother died in a “tragic accident”. But I think we can all assume that this was no accident. You’ll need to uncover the mystery surrounding your brother’s death and in true Life is Strange fashion, uncover a secret within this small town.
Alex Chen isn’t just your average teen, she possesses supernatural powers. Instead of being able to turn back time, however, she uses Empathy as her gift. With Empathy, she can both read, experience and manipulate the emotions of others. But intense emotions can overwhelm Alex.
Gameplay for True Colors will still focus on the conversations and choices that you make as Alex. Deck Nine hasn’t revealed exactly how the empath powers will work, but Alex can see the different auras of a person depending on their emotion. This will likely play into conversations and how to get the truth from different characters.
Note: This article has been updated on August 19th to include the official gameplay
As with all of the Life is Strange games, the gameplay of True Colors is primarily based on dialogue trees and some basic exploration and interaction with environments.
The video shows some light puzzle-solving. It also demonstrates a bit of the core supernatural mechanic in the game – which is Alex’s use of her empathic powers. Unfortunately, this isn’t elaborated on as much. Empath powers mean that Alex can perceive strong emotions as auras around other characters and can perceive ways to help them feel better, but she is forced to simultaneously feel those emotions.
At the end of this gameplay video, we can see Steph getting an angry call, appearing as if she’s on fire to Alex — who seems to be struggling with it.