Dontnod Entertainment’s ‘Doing an Outstanding Job’ With Life Is Strange’s Themes, Says Hannah Telle

Life Is Strange developer Dontnod Entertainment is “doing an outstanding job” at depicting real-life issues that people face in its episodic series, according to voice actor Hannah Telle.

In an exclusive interview with Hardcore Gamer, we asked Telle, who voices Life Is Strange protagonist Max Caulfield, for her thoughts on the approach that Dontnod has made to different themes that have reoccurred throughout the title’s narrative, ranging from depression and bullying to social media and drugs.

“The more awareness of these issues that are raised, the less alone the victims feel,” she said. “Sometimes shifting your perspective from isolation can make all the difference. Not only does the game present real problems, but it also uses Max to manoeuvre the player through making decisions themselves on how they feel towards these topics.

“Then, the player gets to experience the actual repercussions of their opinions and actions. I really believe this game has the power to make a difference. Maybe it sounds naive, but if someone can physically see the outcomes of their choices negatively affecting the world of the game, then there is a chance that they will adjust their attitudes and decisions in real life to create a better, more positive result.”

Telle also spoke about playing the role of Max and how the character will undergo a “Transformation” in the fifth and final episode of Life Is Strange, Episode 5: Polarized.

Last week, publisher Square Enix announced that Life Is Strange, which has surpassed one million sales worldwide, would be launching in Japan for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PC.

Life Is Strange Episode 5: Polarized will be released for PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

For more on Life Is Strange, check out Hardcore Gamer’s reviews of Episode 1: ChrysalisEpisode 2: Out of TimeEpisode 3: Chaos Theory and Episode 4: Dark Room.

Be sure to read our full interview with Hannah Telle here.