Life is Strange is a new IP from Dontnod Entertainment and published by Square-Enix that released in January 2015. An episodic story revolving around Max Caulfield, an 18-year-old photography student who discovers that she has the ability to rewind time at any moment leading to multiple butterfly effects for her town and her best friend, Chloe. The game was very successful and sold over 3 million units across console and PC. It was praised for its art, new story, and characters. They also release a prequel, Life is Strange: Before the Storm in 2017 which focused on Chloe.
Today, they announced their sequel: Life is Strange 2 for September 27, 2018. It has been confirmed by directors Michel Koch and Raoul Barbet that the game will not follow Max Caulfield or her friends from the previous games. If you missed the first game or watched a playthrough, you can start the game without worrying about missing anything. Instead, there is a prequel to Life is Strange 2 called The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit. The prequel is completely free and the choices you make will effect Life is Strange 2. Captain Spirit will be released on June 26, 2018, for PC, PlayStation, and Xbox.
The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit follows the story of Chris, an imaginative 10-year-old kid who imagines himself as a superhero. The game allows you to change your costume and will have dialogue trees similar to Life is Strange 1. The story takes 3 years after the first game. Since it’s free, might as well try it and it may interest you in playing the sequel itself.