Life Is Strange 2 Episode 2: Rules has officially gone gold ahead of its release next week, Square Enix and Dontnod Entertainment today confirmed.
The French developer made the announcement on Tumblr, saying that the second episode had been sent off for certification and received thumbs up from both Sony and Microsoft.
“For an episodic game like Life Is Strange 2, we need to go through many ‘exam’ submission phases: five episodes and two consoles,” the studio wrote.
“If you ever wonder why release dates of episodes are usually only announced a few weeks in advance, it is most often because we want to make absolutely sure that the game will be out at the announced date.
“That’s why we prefer to communicate the date not when an episode has completed development on Dontnod’s side, but rather when we have successfully passed certification (the submission phase)!”
Dontnod has also confirmed that a “majority of the team” has already been moved to the development of the third episode and the “early stages” of the fourth episode.
The second episode picks up with Sean and Daniel Diaz coming to terms with the power that they discovered in Episode 1: Roads.
As Sean tries to convince Daniel to follow a set of rules to manage said power, the brothers will face a tough test as they continue their journey through the winter months.
When Daniel falls ill, however, they stop at their grandparents’ home and cross paths with The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit protagonist Chris Eriksen.
Square Enix and Dontnod announced a release date for the second episode last year, as well as dropping a live-action trailer featuring Life Is Strange 2 actor Gonzalo Martin.
Episode 2: Rules will launch on January 24 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
Hardcore Gamer’s review for Episode 1: Roads called it the “best opener in episodic gaming to date and also Dontnod’s finest hour with the Life Is Strange series so far.”
In other news, it has been confirmed that Feral Interactive will be porting Life Is Strange 2 to macOS and Linux in 2019.