Life is Strange Dev: We Really Think Gender is Irrelevant When Creating a Good Story

February 2, 2015Written by Jason Dunning


Receiving lots of attention for their inclusion of female protagonists in both Remember Me and Life is Strange, developer Dontnod held a Reddit AMA last week, where someone who isn’t a teenage girl – and who finds them annoying – asked if they should play Life is Strange.

Answering this question was Co-Game Director Michel Koch, who says Life is Strange isn’t a high school drama and they should definitely try it out:

I think you should definitely play it, of course. I don’t want to spoil anything, but we think that we have an interesting story with very dark and mature themes. This most definitely isn’t a high school drama – it just so happens that there is a high school in the game! People are clearly not expecting the journey we have created for sure. We’re looking forward to see how people react when they realize what we have created for you. All I can say is that people haven’t often played a game that deals with the issues and topics we’ve included. It’s a first for games in our opinion.

Koch continued by explaining that Dontnod believes gender doesn’t matter when it comes to creating a good story:

To be honest we also really think that the gender of a main character is quite irrelevant when creating a good story, it really depends on how you write your characters in relation to the themes you are dealing with. Life is Strange is starring a teenage girl, you’re right, but it is clearly not only a teenage girl story and we really think that both male players and female players will relate to this game and enjoy this adventure.

If you’ve yet to pick up Life is Strange (here’s our review), Dontnod confirmed there’s a Platinum trophy on PlayStation and each episode “will have around two to three hours of gameplay, depending on how much you want to delve into the story.”

As for when you should expect the next episode, Dontnod replied, “The 6 weeks between each episode is a target we’d like to achieve. Our objective was to offer the players a stable release schedule, to avoid unknown or excessively long waiting time between each Episode.”

Have you played Episode 1 of Life is Strange yet?

[Source: Reddit via GameSpot]