Life is Strange: Before the Storm, the prequel to the original Life is Strange, finished off its three-episode arc in December, but there is one more episode left for purchasers of the Deluxe Edition of Before the Storm. Players will be going back in time once more, this time without time travel powers, and visit with Max and Chloe before they separate on March 6.
Titled Farewell, the bonus episode is entirely removed from Before the Storm’s story, and reunites the original voice actors for Max and Chloe after the voice actor strike forced recasting for young Chloe. Between this episode, Before the Storm, and Life is Strange, the major events of Chloe’s life are mostly covered.
The bonus episode, as mentioned, is exclusive to the Deluxe Edition of the game. It can be upgraded to if fans bought the regular version and want to play this episode, but the episode itself can’t be purchased separately.
Before the Storm was developed by Deck Nine while original Life is Strange developer Dontnod focuses on Vampyr and an upcoming new Life is Strange game. Life is Strange: Before the Storm is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. You can read our reviews of episode 1 here, episode 2 here, and episode 3 here.
I ended up really enjoying Before the Storm after being incredibly skeptical of it. It gave context to Chloe’s empty rebellion and feelings of confused loss in the main game while also still leaving the mystery of who Rachel Amber is and how Max feels she compares with enough room to breathe. I’ll play the bonus episode, but I’m still confused by Square-Enix’s strange positioning of it as exclusive to a single edition.