Life Is Strange

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Life Is Strange
Life Is Strange cover
Developers
Dontnod Entertainment
macOS (OS X) Feral Interactive
Linux Feral Interactive
Publishers
Square Enix
OS X, Linux Feral Interactive
Engines
Unreal Engine 3
Release dates
Windows January 30, 2015
macOS (OS X) June 16, 2016
Linux July 21, 2016[1]
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Life Is Strange 2 2018

General information

Official website
Official forums
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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Limited Edition. Requires Steam.[2]
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Developer website
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Complete season.
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Publisher website
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US region. Complete season. Episode 1 and Season pass also available.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Publisher website
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EU region. Complete season. Episode 1 and Season pass also available.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Amazon.com
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Complete season, Episode 1 and Season pass.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Green Man Gaming
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Complete season, Episode 1 and Season pass.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Humble Store
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Complete season, Episode 1 and Season pass.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Mac App Store
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macOS (OS X)
Steam
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Episode 1 available for free.
Install with steam://install/319630
Complete Season also available.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
All Windows and Linux versions require Steam DRM.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Skip intro videos[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]

Notes

This will only remove the Unreal Engine logo at the beginning.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Life Is Strange\LifeIsStrangeGame\Config\
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/Feral Interactive/Life Is Strange/VFS/Local/my games/Life Is Strange/Config/
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/feral-interactive/Life Is Strange/VFS/Local/My Games/Life Is Strange/Saves/
This game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Life Is Strange\Saves\
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/Feral Interactive/Life Is Strange/VFS/Local/my games/Life Is Strange/Saves/
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/feral-interactive/Life Is Strange/VFS/Local/My Games/Life Is Strange/Saves/

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Approx. 20 MB available.

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.
Advanced video settings.
Advanced video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Use Widescreen Fixer with this plugin.
Ultra-widescreen
See Ultra-widescreen.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Use the Level of detail setting ingame. The highest setting gives 16 samples.
To set manually, see Anisotropic filtering (AF).
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA, MSAA, and CSAA. Some of these are reported broken after latest patch. Can see SMAA for workaround.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Ultra-widescreen[edit]

Fix aspect ratio[3]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Binaries\Win32\.
  2. Open LifeIsStrange.exe with a hex editor such as HxD.
  3. Find the hex values 39 8E E3 3F.
  4. Change it to your aspect ratio (e.g. CD 90 18 40 for 21:9).
  5. Change the in-game FOV to 83.93 (see Field of view (FOV)).

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Bind FOV to key[4]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\LifeIsStrangeGame\Config\
  2. Open DefaultInput.ini.
  3. Add the following lines at the end of [Engine.PlayerInput]
+Bindings=(Name="F1",Command="FOV 25")
+Bindings=(Name="F2",Command="FOV 40")
+Bindings=(Name="F3",Command="FOV 55")
+Bindings=(Name="F4",Command="FOV 70")
+Bindings=(Name="F5",Command="FOV 80")
+Bindings=(Name="F6",Command="FOV 90")
+Bindings=(Name="F7",Command="FOV 100")
+Bindings=(Name="F8",Command="FOV 110")
+Bindings=(Name="F9",Command="FOV 120")
+Bindings=(Name="F10",Command="FOV 130")

The original FOV for 16:9 is 25 in (some?) cut-scenes, 68 during gameplay. Run the game and try from F1 to F10 at any time.

Notes

Changing the FOV causes the interaction widget to scale incorrectly.
Some visual glitches might occur during cut-scenes with increased field of view, such as some intentionally invisible parts of the screen being visible to the player.

Anisotropic filtering (AF)[edit]

Edit LifeIsStrangeEngine.ini[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration files location.
  2. Open LifeIsStrangeEngine.ini.
  3. Change MaxAnisotropy between 0 - 16 under [SystemSettings].
  4. Save the file.

Chromatic aberration[edit]

Disable chromatic aberration[5]
  1. Go to the configuration files location.
  2. Edit LifeIsStrangeEngine.ini.
  3. Change bDNEAllowChromaticAberration=True to bDNEAllowChromaticAberration=False.

Depth of field[edit]

Disable depth of field[5]
  1. Go to the configuration files location.
  2. Edit LifeIsStrangeEngine.ini.
  3. Change bAllowDNEDOF=True to bAllowDNEDOF=False.

SMAA[edit]

SMAA Anti-Aliasing with SweetFX[5]
  1. Download custom SweetFX
  2. Extract archive contents to <path-to-game>\Binaries\Win32\

Input settings[edit]

Input settings.
Input settings.
Key rebinding.
Key rebinding.

Mouse smoothing[edit]

Disable Mouse Smoothing[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration files location.
  2. Open LifeIsStrangeInput.ini.
  3. Locate line bEnableMouseSmoothing=true in the [Engine.PlayerInput] section and change it to false.
  4. Save the file.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Language and subtitle settings.
Language and subtitle settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, voices and SFX.
Surround sound
Automatically detects Windows speaker setting.
Subtitles
Choices for three sizes and overlay.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Simplified Chinese
Fan translation, download.
Traditional Chinese
Fan translation, download.
French
German
Indonesian
Fan translation, download.
Italian
Japanese
Japanese Language Pack is region locked to Japan, but can be bypassed with steam://install/425570. Only available for Windows.
Polish
Fan translation, download.
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Fan translation, download for UI and voice or audio+ui+textures.
Spanish
Latin American Spanish

VR support[edit]

Issues fixed[edit]

Windows[edit]

No audio during certain cutscenes[edit]

Affects photo cutscenes and EP4 ending cutscene.

Blue screen of death during cutscenes[edit]

Cutscene audio may stutter followed by a BSOD crash (DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION).
Unplug Xbox One Controller[7]

Game won't start (crash at startup)[edit]

Change System Locale[8]
See Microsoft Windows article how to change systems non-unicode language and how to use AppLocale.
  • Use AppLocale with Japanese language.

OR

  • Change systems non-unicode language to English (United Kingdom/United States) and reboot the system.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Shader Model support 3.0
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX
Audio Wwise
Interface Scaleform
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista 7
Processor (CPU) Dual Core 2.0 GHz Dual Core 3.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 5 GB 14 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia card
ATI card
512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9 compatible
Nvidia GeForce GTX 260
ATI Radeon HD 4890
1 GB of VRAM
Other Intel integrated graphics are not recommended
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.11 10.11.4
Processor (CPU) Intel 1.8 GHz Intel 2.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 15 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon HD 4850
Nvidia GeForce GT 130
Intel HD Graphics 4000
512 MB of VRAM
1 GB of VRAM
Intel HD Graphics 4000/5000 require at least 8 GB of RAM.
Linux
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 16.04, SteamOS 2.0
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3
AMD FX-6300
Intel Core i5
System memory (RAM) 4 GB 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 16 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GT 640
AMD Radeon R9 270
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200
1 GB of VRAM
Nvidia GeForce 700 series
Other Nvidia GPU's require Driver version 367.27 (tested)
AMD and Intel GPU's require MESA 11.2 (tested)
AMD GPUs are not supported on SteamOS

References