Life Is Strange: Before the Storm

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Life Is Strange: Before the Storm
Life Is Strange: Before the Storm cover
Deck Nine
macOS (OS X) Feral Interactive[1]
Linux Feral Interactive[1]
Square Enix
Unity 5[Note 1]
Release dates
Windows August 31, 2017
macOS (OS X) September 13, 2018[1]
Linux September 13, 2018[1]
Metacritic 77
OpenCritic 80
Life Is Strange: Before the Storm on HowLongToBeat
Life Is Strange: Before the Storm on IGDB
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Life Is Strange: Before the Storm on Wikipedia
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General information

Known issues and workarounds Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Deluxe Edition, limited run.
Developer website
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Deluxe Edition
macOS (OS X)
Publisher website
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macOS (OS X)
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macOS (OS X)
Deluxe Edition also available.
Green Man Gaming
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Deluxe Edition also available.
macOS (OS X)
Humble Store
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Deluxe Edition also available.
macOS (OS X)
Mac App Store
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macOS (OS X)
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macOS (OS X)
All Linux versions require Steam DRM.[3]
Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM has been removed.[4][5]

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Deluxe Upgrade
macOS (OS X)
Classic Chloe Outfit Pack
macOS (OS X)
Japanese Language Pack Only available in Japan.
macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements[edit]

Disable intro videos, chromatic aberration, and depth of field[edit]


Use modded .dll file. The manual procedure may also work.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Square Enix\Life is Strange: Before the Storm\
%USERPROFILE%\AppData\LocalLow\Square Enix\Life is Strange_ Before the Storm\Saves\<user-id>\Preferences\PrefData.Save
macOS (OS X)
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.
Config file is encrypted.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\AppData\LocalLow\Square Enix\Life is Strange_ Before the Storm\Saves\<user-id>\SLOT_##\*.Save
macOS (OS X)
Linux $HOME\.config\unity3d\Feral Interactive\Life is Strange Before the Storm\Saves\<user-id>\SLOT_##\*.Save
Save files are encrypted. See LiS-BtS-Savegame-viewer.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


In-game video settings
In-game video settings

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution if game won't change to another resolution in-game.
See the WSGF topic.
See the WSGF topic.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Check here
Borderless fullscreen windowed
By default. Use -window-mode exclusive command line argument for exclusive fullscreen.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Visible jaggies and no temporal AA. See Anti-aliasing (AA).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Frame lock only (none/30fps/60fps.) See High frame rate.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Widescreen resolution[edit]

16:10 resolution without black bars

See Removing black bars from 16:10 screens.

Force resolution / Fix DSR and VSR
  1. Run the Windows Registry Editor ('regedit')
  2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Square Enix\Life is Strange: Before the Storm\
  3. Double-click Screenmanager Resolution Width_h182942802 >> Change 'Base' to "Decimal" >> Change 'Value Data' to ## (ex. "3840" for 4K) >> Click 'OK'
  4. Double-click Screenmanager Resolution Height_h2627697771 >> Change 'Base' to "Decimal" >> Change 'Value Data' to ## (ex. "2160" for 4K) >> Click 'OK'
  5. Close the Registry Editor window. Changes were saved as they were made.
  6. Open Steam >> Library tab
  7. Right-click 'Life is Strange: Before the Storm' >> Properties
  8. Click 'Set Launch Options' >> Add "-window-mode exclusive -screen-width ## -screen-height ##" (ex. "3840" and "2160" for 4K) >> OK
  9. Run the game. See important notes below.


Forces the game to run full-screen at the desired resolution.
Fixes DSR/VSR (Dynamic Super Resolution / Virtual Super Resolution.)
Before using a DSR/VSR resolution, ensure you have it enabled in your video card's control panel.
Screen_tearing_fix. Screen tearing may need to be fixed when forcing resolution, even when the FPS counter shows a proper value.
Game reverts to the maximum current desktop resolution if not forced per above steps. While higher resolutions are selectable in-game and appear to apply, the resolution will not change (note that overlays like FPS counters and the Steam overlay will remain the same size.) Re-visiting the in-game video settings will show the selected resolution reverted to the current desktop resolution.

Anti-aliasing (AA)[edit]

Use SMAA with ReShade[7]

Install the ReShade post-processing injector:

  1. Download ReShade
  2. Run the downloaded file >> Click 'Select game...' >> Browse to <path-to-game>
  3. Select DirectX 10+
  4. Agree to download standard effects.
  5. Ensure SMAA and any other desired plugins are selected.
For sharpening at monitor resolution, "LumaSharpen" is recommended.
For sharpening DSR/VSR resolutions, "AdaptiveSharpen" is recommended to survive downsampling.
The "FXAA" plugin will likely not improve things when combined with SMAA and in-game anti-aliasing; however, it will allow more control.

Enable SMAA:

  1. Run the game.
  2. Press the Home key to toggle the ReShade menu.
  3. Enable SMAA by clicking the chekbox.
  4. Click the Performance Mode checkbox to toggle the ability to modify plugin settings. Turn back on when done modifying settings to improve performance.

Change in-game settings:

  1. Video Settings >> Set 'Anti-Aliasing' to Medium to complement SMAA.
Higher settings will increase blur and reduce game performance.
Lower settings will result in noticeable aliasing even with SMAA, but raise game performance.


VSR/DSR is recommended to address lack of temporal anti-aliasing.
Jagged edges even using the in-game "Hella High" anti-aliasing setting.
No temporal anti-aliasing.
Higher in-game anti-aliasing settings contribute significant blur.

High frame rate[edit]

Higher frame rate / Screen tearing fix (V-Sync)
  1. Change in-game Settings >> Video >> Frame Rate Limit option to OFF. (See Notes below.)
  2. Set V-Sync from your graphics card control panel for this game to ON.
  3. Run the game with -window-mode exclusive command line argument for locking FPS at monitor refresh rate.


Game may perform much smoother with both V-Sync ON and the in-game Settings >> Video >> Frame Rate Limit option set to 60.
Recommended for those who want more FPS, but also V-Sync/G-Sync option to work.
Fixes screen tearing that may appear when >60fps or when the in-game Frame Rate Limit is set to 60/30.

Chromatic aberration[edit]

Disable chromatic aberration[6]

Use modded .dll file. The manual procedure may also work.

Depth of field[edit]

Disable depth of field[6]

Use modded .dll file. The manual procedure may also work.


In-game input settings
In-game input settings

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Cannot bind mouse buttons to movement actions.
Mouse acceleration
Enabled by default.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
If controller is not working, try the fixes listed here.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
DualShock button prompts
DualShock prompts appear when using a DualShock controller, despite the game only supporting XInput.
Light bar support
Connection modes unknown
Tracked motion controllers
Tobii Eye Tracking support
Button/gesture prompts
Generic/other controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Some buttons don't work after hotplugging.
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Rapidly changes button prompts.[8]


In-game audio settings
In-game audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Voices, SFX.
Surround sound
5.1. Speaker number and type not selectable (uses system default.)
Adjustable size. Overlay toggle.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Fan translation
Fan translation by IGTC Team, download.
Steam DLC available from Japan; Released on June 7, 2018.[9]
Fan translation by Teamhipsterkanarias ("Farewell").
Fan translation by GPP community.
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation by Tolma4 Team.
Latin American Spanish

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Life is Strange: Before the Storm.
G3D, Z3D
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.
Devices Native Notes
Tobii Eye Tracking
Supports: Extended View - Only Head Tracking, Head Pose Mirroring, Interaction at Gaze.

Issues unresolved[edit]


Enable 60 FPS cap from the video setting menu[citation needed]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
macOS/Linux only
Metal support
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)


Middleware Notes
Audio Criware
Cutscenes Criware

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3-2100 3.1 GHz
AMD Phenom X4 945 3.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 3 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 14 GB
Video card (GPU) AMD Radeon R7 250
Nvidia GeForce GTX 650
DirectX 11 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.13.5
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 28 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GT 650M
AMD Radeon R9 M290
Intel Iris 5100
1 GB of VRAM
This game is not currently supported on volumes formatted as Case-sensitive.
A 64-bit operating system is required.
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 18.04
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3-4130T 2.9 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 28 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 670
AMD Radeon R9 270
2 GB of VRAM
AMD GPUs require Mesa driver 18.1.6, Nvidia cards require driver 396.54 or better.
Intel GPUs are not supported at time of release.
A 64-bit operating system is required.


  1. Unity engine build: 5.5.3p1[2]