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X019: Life is Strange developers' next game stars a transgender main character

By Tim Augustin - on 15 Nov 2019, 8:39pm

X019: Life is Strange developers' next game stars a trans main character

Microsoft has revealed another game Microsoft-exclusive game at X019 titled Tell Me Why. The game is developed by Dontnod, the French studio behind the Life is Strange games and Vampyr. Much like Life is Strange, the game is an episodic story-focused adventure game. 

The synopsis reads:

Set in small-town Alaska, Tell Me Why places you at the heart of a mystery in an intimate, true-to-life story where twins Tyler and Alyson Ronan use their extraordinary bond to unravel memories of a loving but troubled childhood.

Over the course of the story, players will explore the twins’ different memories of key events in their lives - and choose which memory to believe. The choices that players make will determine how strong the twins’ bond turns out to be, and how their journey ends. So far, so Life is Strange 2. 

Dontnod is also working closely with the LGBTQ media advocacy organisation GLAAD to make Tyler, the transgender protagonist, a fully realised character while also being a genuine representation of what it means to be a trans person. The character is voiced by August Black, a trans actor. 

Nick Adams, Director of Transgender Representation at GLAAD said:

Tyler is a fully-realized, endearing character, whose story is not reduced to simplistic trans tropes. Creating a playable lead trans character – and taking such care to get it right – raises the bar for future LGBTQ inclusion in gaming.

The game will be released in three chapters - as opposed to Life is Strange’s usual cycle of five episodes. In a similar change-up, all three chapters will release in Summer 2020. For comparison, Life is Strange 2 is only now about to release its final chapter in December - and that game came out last year. 

Tell Me Why will be included in Xbox Game Pass, and will be available on Xbox One, PC and Steam.