Tell Me Why

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Tell Me Why
Tell Me Why cover
Dontnod Entertainment
Xbox Game Studios
Unreal Engine 4
Release dates
Windows August 27, 2020
Metacritic 74
OpenCritic 80
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Adventure
Themes Detective/mystery, Supernatural, Contemporary, North America, LGBTQ
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Tell Me Why on Wikipedia

Tell Me Why is an episodic single-player third-person adventure game developed by Dontnod Entertainment and published by Xbox Game Studios. According to Dontnod, it is the first game from a major studio to feature a playable transgender character.[1]

The first of three chapters of the game was released on August 27, 2020 on Microsoft Store and Steam, additionally available to subscribers of Xbox Game Pass. On August 31, the Steam version became unavailable to purchase in 26 countries.[2][3] The second chapter of Tell Me Why was released on September 3, followed by the third on September 10.

General information

Official Discord server
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Microsoft Store
Purchase is region-locked to the United Kingdom.
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Xbox Game Pass for PC
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Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Microsoft Store %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\Microsoft.Breathless_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalCache\Local\TME\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor\
Steam %LOCALAPPDATA%\Dontnod\<user-id>\TME\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1180660/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Microsoft Store %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\Microsoft.Breathless_8wekyb3d8bbwe\SystemAppData\wgs\
Steam <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\1180660\remote\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1180660/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Xbox Cloud


Video settings
Video settings


Controls settings
Controls settings

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Y and X inversion toggles.
Controller support
Full controller support
In the Steam version, the optional Add Steam Friends button leads to an Xbox login prompt requiring the use of a keyboard.
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Y and X inversion toggles.
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


Audio settings
Audio settings
Language and subtitles settings
Language and subtitles settings
Accessibility settings
Accessibility settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, Music, Voices, Sound Effects.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Limited to important sounds.[6]
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation by Tolma4 Team, download.
Fan translation by Bullfinch Team, download.
Latin American Spanish

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio Wwise

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel core i3 4130 3.4 Ghz
AMD FX 4300 3.8 Ghz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 25 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GTX 750Ti or Nvidia GTX 1050
AMD Radeon R7 260X or AMD Radeon RX 560
DirectX 11 compatible
Other Windows 7 version 1903
A 64-bit operating system is required.


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/1180660/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1180660) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. Introducing Tell Me Why! - last accessed on 2020-08-30
    "In addition to its gripping interactive narrative and breathtaking setting, Tell Me Why will break new ground with Tyler, who will be the first playable transgender videogame hero from a major studio and publisher."
  2. Displaying change #9334387 - last accessed on 2020-09-01
  3. WTF! Game deleted from multiple regions/stores! - last accessed on 2020-09-01
  4. Verified by User:Rose on 2020-08-28
    r.maxanisotropy gets set from 0 to 8 depending on the setting, as seen in the console.
  5. Verified by User:Rose on 2020-08-27
    The rear speakers were used, as seen in Orban Loudness Meter.
  6. Verified by User:Rose on 2020-08-28
    For example, a number of sounds of the intro cutscene are captioned but the footsteps of one of the main characters following the cutscene are not.