Publisher Square Enix revealed that its episodic adventure game series Life is Strange will see a physical release in 2016, bundling the game’s five chapters in a retail package for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
A limited edition that includes a selection of exclusive bonus items will also launch at retail next year.
Released throughout 2015 as a series of downloadable episodes, Life is Strange tells a tale in which a high school student learns that she has the ability to rewind time at will. Players use this skill to progress through the game’s storyline and solve puzzles, and choices made throughout the journey impact events that occur in later chapters.
The physical editions of Life is Strange include the game’s full series, allowing players to experience episodes back-to-back without having to download subsequent chapters.
“We’ve seen a lot of requests from the community for a physical release and we wanted to create a package fit for Life is Strange fans,” Square Enix’s Scott Blows explains. “For those who haven’t played or are waiting to play, this would be a great time to dive into the series (plus you won’t have to wait in between episodes).”
Also launching at retail next year is the Life is Strange Limited Edition, which bundles a retail copy of the game alongside a 32-page artbook, a soundtrack CD, and in-game director’s commentary.
“The response to Life is Strange really has blown us away!” producer Luc Baghadoust states. “To be able to share that experience with our fans in a traditional boxed format is something we’re really excited about and the decision to include the extra items for the Limited Edition is a direct response to fan requests.”
The retail edition Life is Strange is priced at $30, while the Limited Edition is available for pre-order at $40.