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
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]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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Deluxe Edition, limited run.
Windows
Developer website
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Deluxe Edition
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Publisher website
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Gamesplanet
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Green Man Gaming
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Deluxe Edition
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Humble Store
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Deluxe Edition
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Mac App Store
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macOS (OS X)
Steam
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
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 and/or Disable chromatic aberration and/or Disable depth of field[edit]

Instructions[6]
The following does not work with latest game version(s). Main menu does not appear.
The manual procedure may work. Please share the resulting DLL files if you do this.
  1. Choose only one mod file from Ratchet302 (all include "Skip Intro".)
  2. Rename <path-to-game>\Life is Strange - Before the Storm_Data\Managed\Assembly-CSharp.dll to Assembly-CSharp.dll.bak
  3. Extract the mod file 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 $HOME\.config\unity3d\Feral Interactive\Life is Strange Before the Storm\Saves\<user-id>\SLOT_##\*.Save
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 feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
add "-window-mode exclusive -screen-width 1280 -screen-height 720" to steam launch options/shortcut if game won't change to another resolution in-game
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 and no temporal AA. See Enhanced anti-aliasing (SMAA).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Frame lock only (none/30fps/60fps.) See Higher frame rate / Screen tearing fix.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)

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

See Essential Improvements

Disable depth of field[edit]

Disable depth of field

See Essential Improvements

Exclusive fullscreen[edit]

Exclusive fullscreen
By default the fullscreen option is borderless window.
  1. Right-click the game in the Steam library and click on 'Properties'.
  2. Click on 'Launch Options' and add -window-mode exclusive, then press ok.
Gameplay smoothness is poorer in Exclusive Fullscreen Mode than Borderless Windowed Mode.

Enhanced anti-aliasing (SMAA)[edit]

Enhanced Anti-Aliasing (SMAA) with Reshade[8]

Install the ReShade post-processing injector:

  1. Download ReShade
  2. Run the downloaded file >> Click 'Select game...' >> Browse to <path-to-game>
  3. Select DirectX 10+
  4. Agree to download standard effects.
  5. Ensure SMAA and any other desired plugins are selected.
For sharpening at monitor resolution, "LumaSharpen" is recommended.
For sharpening DSR/VSR resolutions, "AdaptiveSharpen" is recommended to survive downsampling.
The "FXAA" plugin will likely not improve things when combined with SMAA and in-game anti-aliasing; however, it will allow more control.

Enable SMAA:

  1. Run the game.
  2. Press the Home key to toggle the ReShade menu.
  3. Enable SMAA by clicking the chekbox.
  4. Click the Performance Mode checkbox to toggle the ability to modify plugin settings. Turn back on when done modifying settings to improve performance.

Change in-game settings:

  1. Video Settings >> Set 'Anti-Aliasing' to Medium to complement SMAA.
Higher settings will increase blur and reduce game performance.
Lower settings will result in noticeable aliasing even with SMAA, but raise game performance.

Notes

VSR/DSR is recommended to address lack of temporal anti-aliasing.
Jagged edges even using the in-game "Hella High" anti-aliasing setting.
No temporal anti-aliasing.
Higher in-game anti-aliasing settings contribute significant blur.

Higher frame rate / Screen tearing fix[edit]

Higher frame rate / Screen tearing fix (V-Sync)
  1. Change in-game Settings >> Video >> Frame Rate Limit option to OFF. (See Notes below.)
  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

Game may perform much smoother with both V-Sync ON and the in-game Settings >> Video >> Frame Rate Limit option set to 60.
Recommended for those who want more FPS, but also V-Sync/G-Sync option to work.
Fixes screen tearing that may appear when >60fps or when the in-game Frame Rate Limit is set to 60/30.

Force resolution / Fix DSR and VSR[edit]

Force resolution
  1. Run the Windows Registry Editor ('regedit')
  2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Square Enix\Life is Strange: Before the Storm\
  3. Double-click Screenmanager Resolution Width_h182942802 >> Change 'Base' to "Decimal" >> Change 'Value Data' to ## (ex. "3840" for 4K) >> Click 'OK'
  4. Double-click Screenmanager Resolution Height_h2627697771 >> Change 'Base' to "Decimal" >> Change 'Value Data' to ## (ex. "2160" for 4K) >> Click 'OK'
  5. Close the Registry Editor window. Changes were saved as they were made.
  6. Open Steam >> Library tab
  7. Right-click 'Life is Strange: Before the Storm' >> Properties
  8. Click 'Set Launch Options' >> Add "-window-mode exclusive -screen-width ## -screen-height ##" (ex. "3840" and "2160" for 4K) >> OK
  9. Run the game. See important notes below.

Notes

Forces the game to run full-screen at the desired resolution.
Fixes DSR/VSR (Dynamic Super Resolution / Virtual Super Resolution.)
Before using a DSR/VSR resolution, ensure you have it enabled in your video card's control panel.
Screen tearing fix. Screen tearing may need to be fixed when forcing resolution, even when the FPS counter shows a proper value.
Game reverts to the maximum current desktop resolution if not forced per above steps. While higher resolutions are selectable in-game and appear to apply, the resolution will not change (note that overlays like FPS counters and the Steam overlay will remain the same size.) Re-visiting the in-game video settings will show the selected resolution reverted to the current desktop resolution.

Input settings[edit]

In-game input settings
In-game input settings
Keyboard and mouse State 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
Tobii Eye Tracking support
Button/gesture prompts
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.[9]

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings
In-game audio settings
Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Voices, SFX.
Surround sound
5.1. Speaker number and type not selectable (uses system default.)
Subtitles
Adjustable size. Overlay toggle.
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.[10]
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.
vorpX
G3D, Z3D
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.
Devices Native Notes
Tobii Eye Tracking

Issues unresolved[edit]

Stuttering[edit]

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

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
OpenGL
macOS/Linux only
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux

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
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
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 28 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 670
AMD Radeon R9 270
2 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