The first episode of Life is Strange 2, which introduced us to a pair of brothers wrestling with magic psychic powers while running from the law, was fantastic in its handing of complex themes, particularly with its handling of police, race, and homelessness. While many of us have become used to getting an episode of an episodic series every couple of months, unless something like the developer suddenly closing happens, we're going to be looking at closer to four months to see more of Life is Strange 2.
In a blog update, developer Dontnod explained that we won't be seeing Episode 2 of Life is Strange 2 until some time in January, before giving some insight into the reason for the delay, as well as the lack of a firm release date announcement. Put simply, it doesn't want to rush a project that it feels is highly ambitious.
The Life is Strange series is a project close to all of our hearts and one for which we do not want to rush development and thereby fail to meet the benchmark of quality and emotional impact that you, our players, deserve. This is why we so far have not announced an official release date – we want to ensure that we will be in a position to release something that we are proud of and that you will enjoy and remember forever.
We understand that there are certain expectations that episodes will be released at a similar cadence as previous Life is Strange games have. The ambition of Life is Strange 2, however, means that the previous frameworks no longer apply if we are to meet the quality of play and storytelling that our vision for a game like this demands and that you deserve.
We should know more about episode two some time in mid-December. Hopefully this four-month gap isn't the standard for pauses between episodes, or we might not see Life is Strange 2 fully released until early 2020.