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Life Is Strange: Before the Storm

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Life Is Strange: Before the Storm
Life Is Strange: Before the Storm cover
Developers
Deck Nine Games
macOS (OS X) Feral Interactive[1]
Linux Feral Interactive[1]
Publishers
Square Enix
Engines
Unity 5[Note 1]
Release dates
Windows August 31, 2017
macOS (OS X) September 13, 2018[1]
Linux September 13, 2018[1]
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General information

Official website
Known issues and workarounds
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

All versions require Steam DRM.[3]
Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM has been removed.[4][5]

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Deluxe Upgrade
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Classic Chloe Outfit Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Instructions[6]
  1. Download the archive.
  2. Extract the files into the installation folder and overwrite.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Square Enix\Life is Strange: Before the Storm\
%USERPROFILE%\AppData\LocalLow\Square Enix\Life is Strange_ Before the Storm\Saves\<user-id>\Preferences\PrefData.Save
macOS (OS X)
Linux
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.
Config file is encrypted.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\AppData\LocalLow\Square Enix\Life is Strange_ Before the Storm\Saves\<user-id>\SLOT_##\*.Save
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Save files are encrypted.[7]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game video settings
In-game video settings
Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
See the WSGF topic.
Ultra-widescreen
See the WSGF topic.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use the "Fullscreen" option.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Visible jaggies even on "hella high". Can see SMAA for smoother edges.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Lockable to 30 and 60 FPS only. See High frame rate.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

16:10 resolution without black bars[edit]

Configure your driver settings
  1. Follow the tutorial: Removing black bars from 16:10 screens.

Disable chromatic aberration[edit]

Disable chromatic aberration[6]
  1. Download No Chromatic Aberration or No Chromatic Aberration & No Depth of Field.
  2. Extract the files into the installation folder and overwrite.

Disable depth of field[edit]

Disable depth of field[6]
  1. Download No Depth of Field or No Chromatic Aberration & No Depth of Field.
  2. Extract the files into the installation folder and overwrite.

Exclusive Fullscreen[edit]

Command Line
By default the fullscreen option is borderless window.
  1. Right click the game in the Steam window and click on properties.
  2. click on Launch Options and add "-window-mode exclusive" then press ok.
Gameplay smoothness is poor in Exclusive Fullscreen Mode in contrast to Borderless Windowed Mode.

SMAA[edit]

SMAA Anti-Aliasing with SweetFX
  1. Download custom SweetFX
  2. Extract archive contents to executable location and replace DLLs with ones from "x64" folder

High frame rate[edit]

Higher frame rate
  1. Set in-game V-Sync option to OFF.
  2. Set V-Sync from your graphics card control panel for this game to ON.
  3. Run the game in Exclusive Fullscreen for locking FPS at monitor refresh rate.

Notes

Recommended for those who want more FPS but also V-Sync/G-Sync option to work.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Stuttering[edit]

Enable 60 FPS Cap
  1. Activate the framerate cap from the video setting menu.

Input settings[edit]

In-game input settings
In-game input settings
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Cannot bind mouse buttons to movement actions.
Mouse acceleration
Enabled by default.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
If controller is not working, try the fixes listed here.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
DualShock button prompts
DualShock prompts appear when using a DualShock controller, despite the game only supporting XInput.
Light bar support
Connection modes unknown
Tracked motion controllers
Generic/other controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Some buttons don't work after hotplugging.
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Rapidly changes button prompts.[8]

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings
In-game audio settings
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Voices, SFX.
Surround sound
5.1
Subtitles
Adjustable size.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Simplified Chinese
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Steam DLC available from Japan; Released on June 7, 2018.[9]
Brazilian Portuguese
Spanish
Latin American Spanish
Russian
Fan translation by Tolma4 Team.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Life is Strange: Before the Storm.
Devices Native Notes
Tobii Eye Tracking

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio Criware
Cutscenes Criware

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3-2100 3.1 GHz
AMD Phenom X4 945 3.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 3 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 14 GB
Video card (GPU) AMD Radeon R7 250
Nvidia GeForce GTX 650
DirectX 11 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.13.5 10.13.6
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 28 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GT 650M
AMD Radeon R9 M290
Intel Iris 5100
1 GB of VRAM
This game is not currently supported on volumes formatted as Case-sensitive.
A 64-bit operating system is required.
Linux
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 18.04
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3-4130T 2.9 GHz Intel Core i7-4770 3.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 28 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 670
AMD Radeon R9 270
2 GB of VRAM
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970
AMD Radeon RX 470
4 GB of VRAM
AMD GPUs require Mesa driver 18.1.6, Nvidia cards require driver 396.54 or better.
Intel GPUs are not supported at time of release.
A 64-bit operating system is required.

Notes

  1. Unity engine build: 5.5.3p1[2]

References