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Life is Strange 2 has a disappointing same-sex relationship

Life is Strange 2 Episode 3, Wastelands, is out now and features a same-sex relationship option for protagonist Sean. The trouble is, it’s a bit sh*te.

Story spoilers continue from this point.

Wastelands begins with Sean and his brother Daniel taking refuge at a hippie camp run by two characters you’d met in episode 2: Cassidy and Finn. Throughout this new episode, you’re given ample opportunity to bond with both characters, and those opportunities eventually lead to the ability to romance either character (or even both of them).

Now that I’ve had the chance to play through both scenarios, I’m concerned as to how they’ve been implemented by developer Dontnod. When it comes to Cassidy, Sean can start off by skinny-dipping with her and, if played right, can then follow her into her tent for some further loving. At the heart of this connection is a desire to do right — Sean and Cassidy agree that a robbery planned by Finn is a bad idea.

When it comes to romancing Finn, all you’ll be able to accomplish is a single kiss… and the only way that can be earned is by agreeing to take part in his heist. Even if you’ve spent the rest of the episode speaking with him, sketching him and building up a true bond, you’ll be locked in the friend zone if you tell him the robbery’s a bad idea. In short, being virtuous and straight will still lead to sex, but travelling down a darker path nets you a single gay kiss — and that’s what’s not sitting right with me. What do you make of the situation?

At any rate, kudos to Dontnod for making Sean gay (or bi, depending on how you choose to play it). We need more of that in games.

If you don’t want to agree to the heist but want to see the kiss, it’s below.

Life is Strange 2 is available now on Windows PC, Xbox One and PS4.



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Steve Wright

Steve's the owner of this very site and an active games journalist for the past ten years. He's a Canadian-Australian gay gaming geek, ice hockey player and fan. Husband to Matt and cat dad to Wally and Quinn.

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  • To me it sounds like it fits with Finn’s personality… Dontnot have shown they have no issue with doing same-sex right, so I really think this is just because Finn is written to be an edgy bad boy and going all Bonnie-and-Clyde with him makes him think Sean is right for him. I can’t imagine he’d want a “wimp” (in Finn’s eyes).

  • I feel the situation is ridiculous: not the story in the game, the fact that somebody wrote an article over this. The writers of these stories can’t be (that) limited about the content, just because someone’s always gonna be there to freak out over something unnecessary. The fact that a person would even analyze this, and then take the time to write an article, says something negative about THEM — not the thing they’re complaining about.

  • I don’t know what game the author of this article played but I find it very odd that that beyond the wishful thinking of a gay man he would perceive Sean as a gay character who’s optionally bi when Sean is clearly a straight character with a player determinant bi option. He displays attraction towards girls whether regardless of player choice and the only interest in guys is entirely determined by the player and really only directed at one character.