Monday, November 25, 2019

Life Is Strange Dev, Dontnod, New Game “Tell Me Why” Promotes Transgender Character


Developer Dontnod, the makers of Life is Strange, announced a brand-new IP, Tell Me Why. The game focuses on the close bond between two twins: Tyler and Alyson Ronan. A “true-to-life story” determined by player choice, as players will face the emotionally challenging childhood of its protagonists.

“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,” says game director Florent Guillaume. “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.”
Aside from the already inventive narrative approach, Tell Me Why pushes for inclusiveness as one of the twins, Tyler, is a transgender man.
“Microsoft and Dontnod have approached Tyler with a real commitment to authenticity,” explained 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.”

“Microsoft and Dontnod have approached Tyler with a real commitment to authenticity,” explained 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.” 

Tell Me Why will release in Summer 2020. The game will be free to those with Xbox Game Pass and available for purchase on Xbox One, Windows PC, and Steam. A PS4 release is unknown at this time.

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