This year at X019 in London, Xbox
Games Studios was proud to unveil Tell Me Why, a gripping, true-to-life
narrative adventure coming to Xbox One, Windows 10 PC, Xbox Game Pass and Steam
starting Summer 2020. Tell Me Why is the next title from our partner, DONTNOD
Entertainment, the studio behind the beloved Life is Strange franchise.
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,” explained Florent Guillaume, Tell Me Why‘s
Game Director. “Over the course of 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.”
Tyler and Alyson are both playable
characters and equal heroes in the story. “We love them both,” continued Guillaume,
“And we are especially grateful to Microsoft for its full support, openness and
help regarding Tyler’s identity and character, as a transgender man.”
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,” explains Nick Adams, Director of Transgender
Representation at GLAAD. “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.”
The story of Tell Me Why is comprised
of three chapters that will release on a clear and predictable schedule.
DONTNOD are 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,” said Peter Wyse, General Manager for Xbox Games
Studios Publishing. “We’re thrilled to announce that the entire Tell Me Why
story will release in the Summer 2020.”
Tell Me Why will release
with Xbox Game Pass and will also be available for purchase on Xbox One,
Windows PC and Steam. Stay tuned to the official website, www.tellmewhygame.com
for updates and behind-the-scenes information!
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