Deck Nine Games, a Colorado-based independent game developer, announced the upcoming release of “Life is Strange: True Colors” for September 10, 2021. The game is the fifth installment in the Life is Strange series --a graphic adventure game played from a third-person view.
The game stars Alex Chen, a young Asian American woman (played by local Colorado actor Erika Mori) who moves to the fictional Colorado town of Haven Springs to reunite with her brother Gabe. Alex possesses supernatural powers in the form of psychic empathy. She can both read and manipulate the strong emotions of others, which she perceives as colorful auras.
Alex uses her abilities to uncover the truth behind an unfolding mystery: the death of her brother. The "Life Is Strange" games are centered around difficult subjects that are relevant to teens.
The game also boasts performances by the artist known as mxmtoon, the musician and social media star. mxmtoon performs Alex’s singing voice. Other musicians appearing on the game’s soundtrack include Novo Amor, Gabrielle Aplin and Phoebe Bridgers.
Unlike its predecessors, released episodically, “Life is Strange: True Colors” will be released in its entirety on the September 10 date.
“What attracted us to the Life is Strange series was the chance to tell meaningful and dramatic stories with a mix of mystery and the supernatural,” said Jeff Litchford, COO of Deck Nine Games. “As game developers and storytellers, Life is Strange allows us to take players on an introspective and personal journey through themes of grief, love, family, and home.”
The Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media (COFTM) supported the production of “Life is Strange: True Colors” through phased Colorado Film incentives in 2017 and 2018. The investment created $4 million in spending and created or helped sustain 120 jobs.
“Deck Nine is an integral part of Colorado’s content creation community,” said Donald Zuckerman, Film Commissioner at COFTM. “They create well-paying jobs in the content vertical and help generate additional spending in the communities where they work. Deck Nine is the second largest employer of SAG actors in Colorado.”
“The games we create have an immense amount of narrative content contained in them. Thousands of pages of script must be performed by trained actors on Deck Nine’s motion capture stage. We have repeatedly been able to cast leading and secondary roles from the Colorado acting community, which is invaluable to us,” Litchford added. “These are complex games that take years to make and having the top talent in the same town is priceless. COFTM’s efforts to evangelize Colorado’s film and television both to the people of Colorado as well as the legislature has helped to create this vibrant pool of talent that we can then draw from.”
“Life is Strange: True Colors” is slated for release on Google Stadia, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X. Watch the game trailer here.
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