After being pre­vi­ous­ly leaked, Life is Strange: Before the Storm has been offi­cial­ly announced at Microsoft­’s E3 press con­fer­ence. The first of three episodes will launch August 31st for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

Unlike the first game and the upcom­ing sequel, Life is Strange: Before the Storm will not be devel­oped by Dontn­od. The new­ly re-brand­ed Deck Nine Games will be respon­si­ble for devel­op­ment. Although they haven’t cre­at­ed nar­ra­tive focused games before, Dontn­od reas­sures fans that Deck Nine has the tal­ent and abil­i­ty to cre­ate the game. Deck Nine has even built the new Sky­forge tools specif­i­cal­ly for nar­ra­tive dri­ven games.  

In a sur­pris­ing turn of events Chloe’s orig­i­nal voice actor Ash­ley Burch will be work­ing on the game, but not as a voice actor. Burch will actu­al­ly be one of the writ­ers for the game and will be writ­ing dia­logue for the 16 year old Chloe. Rhi­an­na DeVries will now take on the role of the young Chloe.

Dotn­od has also announced a bonus “Farewell” episode only avail­able to those who pur­chase the Deluxe Edi­tion of the game. The bonus episode will remain a pre­quel, but will have Max as the playable char­ac­ter and remain a stand­alone episode released after the full game. Dontn­od addressed any fans wor­ried about miss­ing a part of the sto­ry by stat­ing the fol­low­ing, 

Rest assured, anyone purchasing the complete season of Before the Storm will get the full story. Max’s ‘Farewell’ episode really is just a bonus episode for those who would like to play as her one final time.”

More details on the game and the dif­fer­ence between the com­plete sea­son and Deluxe Edi­tion can be found in this FAQ. The E3 trail­er and a behind the scene with the new devel­op­ers can be seen below.