Update: Xbox has corrected itself regarding Life is Strange 2‘s future on Game Pass. While upcoming episodes of Life is Strange 2 will indeed be coming to Game Pass, they will not be available at launch. They’ll instead be released 90 days after launch. So if Episode 2 is releasing on January 24, then it’ll be arriving on Game Pass around the week of April 24.
Original Story: After a surprisingly long wait, Dontnod Entertainment is now ready to continue Life is Strange 2‘s episodic releases. A launch trailer for the game’s second episode has been released, confirming Episode 2’s release date as January 24 and marking a four-month window since Episode 1’s launch. An earlier statement from Dontnod made clear that it refuses to rush future Life is Strange 2 episodes in order to maintain a “benchmark of quality and emotional impact” for players.
Also confirmed alongside the announcement of Episode 2’s release date is that Life is Strange 2 will continue to be released as part of Xbox’s Game Pass subscription service. When the Episode 1 Game Pass announcement was made, many were curious if it was a one-time thing – more of a demo for the game than a promise to release it fully on the service. But the official Xbox Twitter account has set the record straight, seemingly confirming that Episode 2 will launch on Game Pass at the game’s launch.
Whether or not future Life is Strange 2 episodes will also be released on Game Pass remains unclear, but the evidence does seem to point in that direction.
As for the Life is Strange Episode 2 launch trailer itself, players who haven’t tried out the first episode should beware spoilers. Our protagonist brothers, Sean and Daniel, continue on their escape from early events. The journey leads the pair to Beaver Creek where they’re hoping to find their grandparents. They also work to foster young Daniel’s impressive new supernatural powers, for better or worse. And, of course, that inevitably leads to new conflict.
Fans of Dontnod’s work may also recognize that Episode 2 will tie into the events of the special standalone episode of the Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit. Dontnod released the Captain Spirit episode for free mid-2018 to build up excitement for the upcoming release of Life is Strange 2. Now that Life is Strange 2 has begun, players should have an added layer of understanding regarding the events of Captain Spirit, though both remain standalone and players don’t have to play both.
Life is Strange 2 Episode 2 releases January 24 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, including via Xbox Game Pass.