X019: Dontnod Entertainment Announces Tell Me Why, Arrives Next Year

Posted on November 15, 2019 by Nick Moreno

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French developer Dontnod Entertainment currently is closing in on the last episode for Life is Strange 2 in the coming future, however, the studio today announced a new title in the making, Tell Me Why. During today’s Inside Xbox live presentation at the London-based X019, an announcement trailer for the new IP introduces twin protagonists Tyler and Alyson Ronan.

Rather than the standard episodic format that we are accustomed to with Dontnod titles now comprised of five segments, this new game is instead said to be a three-part experience. Following the plot of the new project, the synopsis for the game reads to be a combined journey that unwraps for the two twin siblings as they learn about their troubled childhood. Expanding on the premise, Game Director Florent Guillaume shares that the story will again be determined by your decisions and will ultimately determine the outcome for the two’s relationship.

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.

Unlike the duo that Sean and Daniel provide in the current sequel for Dontnod’s episodic epic, Alyson and Tyler are both playable characters this time around. Upon learning of the differing characteristics of both lead roles, Guillaume reveals that thanks to the collaboration with Microsoft helped properly address Tyler’s identity as a transgendered man. Adding on, he tells that the two parties have worked alongside the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) to create a realistic point-of-view for a person of the same sexuality.

“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,” GLAAD representative Nick Adams shares about the story behind Tyler’s identity.

This new project shows to be a great achievement for both Microsoft atop of the entirety of the industry for including the first ever transgender protagonist. Along with the game being exclusive to the Xbox platform and Steam, this new title essentially brings a new definition to Microsoft’s lineup.

Tell Me Why is said to be hitting Xbox One and PC sometime in Summer of 2020.

Source: Xbox Wire

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