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Tell Me Why: By The Makers Of Life Is Strange, With An LGBT Protagonist [VIDEO]

Dontnod Entertainment‘s next game, Tell Me Why was announced at X019.

„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.

„The core mechanic of the game is the special bond Tyler and Alyson share and is also a theme strongly anchored into the Dontnod storytelling approach. Throughout the story, players will explore the identical twins’ different memories of key events and choose which memory to believe. Ultimately, the choices players make determine the strength of the twins’ bond—and the future course of their lives,” explained Florent Guillaume, Tell Me Why‘s Game Director.

Tyler and Alyson are both playable characters and equal heroes in the story. „We love them both, and we are especially grateful to Microsoft for its full support, openness and help regarding Tyler’s identity and character, as a transgender man,” continued Guillaume.

Dontnod has worked closely alongside Microsoft and the LGBTQ media advocacy organization GLAAD in shaping Tyler as an authentic representation of the trans experience, as well as a genuine, multidimensional character. Tyler is also the first playable videogame hero from a major studio and publisher who is also transgender. “Microsoft and Dontnod have approached Tyler with a real commitment to authenticity. 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,” explains Nick Adams, Director of Transgender Representation at GLAAD.

The story of Tell Me Why is comprised of three chapters that will release on a clear and predictable schedule. Dontnod is passionate about the opportunities for community-building and audience engagement that come with episodic storytelling, but they are also dedicated to innovation and improvement. „We listened closely to fans of narrative adventure games, and we heard loud and clear how painful unpredictable gaps between episodes can be. We’re thrilled to announce that the entire Tell Me Why story will release in Summer 2020,” said Peter Wyse, General Manager for Xbox Games Studios Publishing,” Microsoft‘s website reads.

Tell Me Why tries to open, but we’ll see how enjoyable the game will be – it will launch in the summer of 2020 on Xbox One and PC (Windows 10, Steam).

Source: Gematsu

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