Life Is Strange Getting Boxed ‘Limited Edition’

Life Is Strange [official site] is pretty great – great enough to be our current game of the month (er, whoops, we’ll have more to say about it once we wrassle Fallout 4 down to the ground and hogtie it). It’s great enough that even I, who no longer owns any game in hardcopy, can understand why someone might want to have on their shelf and hold it at night. Good news, gamehuggers!

Square Enix today announced a ‘Limited Edition’ physical release for Life Is Strange, coming in January with extra odds and ends. But not to North America, it seems.

Along with the five episodes on disc, the box (a box! can you imagine! it’s not DRM-free, mind, still requiring Steam) will contain the score and licensed soundtrack on disc, a 32-page artbook, and director’s commentary.

Wait, hang on, that director’s commentary does interest me a bit, and it’s a shame they’re not clearer on what it is and how it works. I’d probably avoid hearing what the makers say myself, worrying afterthoughts of intent might twist my memories of the game, but I wonder if it’ll be released digitally too.

The announcement notes this will bring German, Italian, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese subtitles too, which I imagine will be patched into the digital release too. It’d be awfully…………….. strange………. if they didn’t.

The Limited Edition is due on January 21st, priced at £19.99. Curiously, it seems North America will only get the Limited Edition on consoles: contrast their regional announcement with ours. I assume Numbers told Square Enix to do that, but it seems more than a wee bit of a bummer – not to mention…….. strange…….

23 Comments

  1. Ross Angus says:

    I have a lovely cupboard of those plastic boxes, but I can see how you modern kids want it all raining out of the cloud. The last new game I bought in a box was Deus Ex Human Resources, as it was cheaper than buying it digitally.

    It came with a Steam key, natch.

    • d3vilsadvocate says:

      These boxes have become nothing but useless if they are tethered to a cloud account such as Steam. As opposed to my pirate copy of this game, this boxed copy can be neither installed nor played if the world goes the way of the walking dead.

      Just imagine that for a moment. Is it so implausible that we might lose the internet at some point?

      Ok, I’m a little paranoid. Regardless, I see no point in purchasing this junk anymore. Because that is what it is.

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        gritz says:

        Yeah if only there was something in between buying a useless physical copy and software piracy…

      • AlienMind says:

        Yeah, a CD tied to steam is nothing more than a porn star who doesn’t fuck.

  2. harcalion says:

    Alice, are you sure about the Steam bit? I cannot find it anywhere in the press release, Square Enix product page or elsewhere.

  3. Zanchito says:

    My wife *loves* this game, and I really like it too, we play it together on the couch. I’d buy this for her if they had an official spanish translation.

  4. BloatedGuppy says:

    Life is Strange was wonderful, and it’s nice to see it getting more attention. That said, your process for determining “games of the month” remains hopelessly arcane. It would be like picking your film of the month and highlighting something that came out in February. I think the ‘Have you Played’ series does a better of job of randomly bestowing attention on a well considered title without the odd process of bestowing accolades on games in rather arbitrary months.

  5. Maxheadroom says:

    Not to knock them releasing a boxed special edition (which is awesome – I too miss my shelf full of game boxes) but as special editions go soundtracks, art books, making of DVDs and directors commentary all leave me cold.

    Where’s the world immersing journals, diaries, faux newspapers etc as talked about on this very website just the other day?

  6. Faxmachinen says:

    I’d buy that just for the soundtrack. The pirates help sweeten the deal.

  7. MistaJah says:

    Good thing I waited, then.

  8. csocializt says:

    Ok so you guys are going to cover life is strange more extensively? I was thrown by the fact that there were 0 articles on it for a third of the month it’s allegedly game of the month for.

    • DrollRemark says:

      Yeah, you might as well have said “November’s game of the month is Fallout 4 even though it’s not out yet”, and then the ton of articles you’ve put out on the latter already would seem justified.

    • Alice O'Connor says:

      The start of November has brought pret-ty big games so we’ve been waylaid, but I know Adam and I are working on Life Is Strange things, at the very least.

    • malkav11 says:

      Well, they named Her Story game of that month and then proceeded to not write about it again, so it’s not exactly unprecedented.

      • csocializt says:

        I think that fallout 4 is getting plenty of coverage without an extra 2 articles per day from RPS, it would be cool to see smaller games like Life is Strange get some attention.

        I feel like it’s dumb of me to say that it’s not getting enough attention when it’s listed as “game of the month” by a major gaming website, but at the same time…

  9. Kala says:

    It looks lovely, but I do not want a box. No more boxes, cd cases or actual physical books should come into this house because I’m drowning. We have more stuff than places to put the stuff. We’re approaching hoarder territory. There’s piles of it. (…and most of it isn’t mine >.<;)

    THAT SAID.

    Are they gonna release the soundtrack digitally on Steam? Cause I'd buy the shit out of that.

    • Kala says:

      Wait. That sounds like I’ve stolen things. I meant my partner has a lot of stuff. :s

  10. goalcam says:

    I loved this game. Maybe I’ll pick up a copy for my PS4 as well. It’d make more sense than buying a second copy for PC, if it was sold in Canada at all. Maybe. Not really.

    • goalcam says:

      Uh, maybe not. Square Enix wants $36 extra for shipping to Canada.