Life is Strange

Two femme looking people sitting on a car bonnet in a junkyard.
  • Developer: DONTNOD Entertainment Feral Interactive
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Year: 2015-2017
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Platform/s: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

Life is StrangeĀ includes themes of lesbianism and bisexuality, and is adored by some as a great representation of realistic relationships. Many respondents to the Queer Representation (2016) survey mentioned the relatability of this relationship being important for them. Respondents appreciated that Max does not have an 'aha' moment where she 'realises' that she is interested in women, but rather comes to learn this in an organic way, which is an uncommon depiction. Representation of plurisexuality (be it bisexuality or other forms of non-monosexuality) is rare in games, other than in playersexual characters, and is featured in Life is Strange, which many respondents appreciated. However, the game is criticised by some respondents for its reliance on some tropes.

Sexuality and the relationships between characters in Life is Strange have been explored in the fan-made related title, Love is Strange.

Gender is also represented positively in Life is Strange, with many well-rounded women who exercise their agency and are not sexualised. Also, although not canonised by the developers, Ashley Burch (the voice of Chloe) has confirmed that she considers Chloe to be genderfluid.

In 2017, the prequel Life is Strange: Before the Storm was released, which further highlights the relationship Chloe had with Rachel Amber before the events of Life is Strange, where Chloe begins to question and explore her sexuality.