I’ve made no secret that the original game is my favorite game of 2015. Aside from the ending, which is stupid on so many levels that it forced me to do a rewrite which is on this site if you want to look for it, I loved it. The game is truly phenomenal. And just like Mass Effect 3, I don’t let the fact that the ending is pants-on-head retarded stop me from loving the rest of the franchise. However, when I heard there was a sequel episodic series coming out, I was more than a little worried. I mean, where are they going to go with the franchise? I had games where I both saved and let Chloe die, so are they going to pick up with Max back in Seattle? Where could this go? Are we FINALLY going to get an answer to what Max’s power is and how it works? That’s the biggest question I have after the series so that could be a little interesting.
But today Microsoft decided to unveil the latest season at their press conference. And…I don’t know what to think. Let’s take a look at the trailer and then talk about it.
Okay, so we have Chloe, who is one of my favorite female characters of all time, voiced by an amazing voice actress who I also loved in Horizon: Zero Dawn. She’s in her room, smoking. I can see the art style is the same, but it does look a lot more detailed. The facial animations in-particular, which was my biggest gripe with this style.
She’s sitting there, smoking, and we see a raven land on her windowsill. The previous game had a thing about the blue butterfly that Max took a pic with. Is that the way it is with the raven? In all mediums the raven has symbolized death. A theory just came to me, but I want to keep going before we talk about it.
There’s a montage of things happening, and one of the things that gets my attention is her being in a car with her father when he is hit by a train. Is that a dream sequence? If it’s not, then it makes my theory have suddenly a lot more credibility. There are things like a tree burning, and Chloe climbing the steps of Blackwell Academy with a sign about good luck seniors. More Chloe being angsty and shit, but always alone. That interests me. The previous game made it seem like her and Rachel Amber were nigh-inseparable.
Here’s why I’m worried – part of me is thinking that all this is is just filling in Chloe’s backstory before the events of the game. Why? We already know what happened. That would be stupid. That would be the biggest waste of time and potential ever. And the worst thing is that I’m going to buy the first episode to find out. Because I have to know. I have another theory, and I’m desperately hoping that it’s true. If it really is as simple and dumb as what the title suggests, then I am honestly going to be nine kinds of done with Dontnod and their episodic games.
My theory is this – Chloe dies in so many of the timelines that Max has. Whether it be in the beginning when Nathan shoots her, the junkyard where you can accidentally shoot her while playing with David’s gun, the alternate timeline if you have Max kill her when she asks her too, and at the very end if you choose to sacrifice her. I always believed that the tornado was the alternate timelines Max created coming together to fuck up reality. It made sense. My theory is that this game has Chloe in the nether-space between timelines. Like a space where nothing is real and she is desperate to escape. Kinda like the world of the Nexus in Star Trek Generations. That would be fascinating! No joke, if they go that route then it makes sense why her reaction at the end where she sees Rachel is one of awe. Like she can’t believe that she’s actually there.
But I am still worried that this is just rehashing a backstory we already know. To Square Enix and Dontnod, if that is really the route you go, so help me Groj I will make the longest and most nit-picky post explaining why you are wasting gamers’ money that you have ever seen! Not that you care, I’m sure, but hopefully my audience will care. And I’m going to make sure all of you are told as fast as possible. The first episode comes out August 31st. Your move, Dontnod
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