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Tell Me Why

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Tell Me Why
Tell Me Why cover
Dontnod Entertainment
Xbox Game Studios
Unreal Engine 4[Note 1]
Release dates
Windows August 27, 2020
Metacritic 75
OpenCritic 81
Monetization One-time game purchase, DLC, Subscription gaming service
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Adventure
Art styles Realistic
Themes Detective/mystery, Supernatural, Contemporary, North America, LGBTQ
Tell Me Why on HowLongToBeat
Tell Me Why on IGDB
Tell Me Why on MobyGames
Tell Me Why on Wikipedia

Tell Me Why is an episodic singleplayer 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.[2]

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.[3][4] 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 Play Anywhere. Xbox Game Pass for PC
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Type Notes
DLC Additional content.
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.
Subscription gaming service Available via Xbox Game Pass for PC.


Type Notes
No microtransactions Game does not contain microtransactions.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Chapter 2
Chapter 3

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Microsoft Store %LOCALAPPDATA%\TME\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor\
Steam %LOCALAPPDATA%\Dontnod\<user-id>\TME\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor\
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1180660/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Microsoft Store %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\Microsoft.Breathless_8wekyb3d8bbwe\SystemAppData\wgs\
Steam <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\1180660\remote\
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1180660/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Stores up to 4 MB of files.
Xbox Cloud


Video settings
Video settings

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Pillarboxed by default. Use the related PCGW community tool.
Pillarboxed by default. Use the related PCGW community tool.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use the related PCGW community tool.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Scales with Texture Quality.[5]
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Multiple quality options.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
30, 60, or unlimited.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the engine page to force native HDR output, or the glossary page for other alternatives.
The game engine may allow for manual configuration of the game via its variables. See the Unreal Engine 4 page for more details.


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
PlayStation controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Digital movement supported
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.[7]
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation - #1
Fan translation by IGTC Team, Download MOD
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation by Tolma4 Team, download.
Fan translation by Bullfinch Team, download.
Latin American Spanish

Other information


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


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX
Audio Vorbis, Wwise

System requirements

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 GeForce GTX 750 Ti
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050
AMD Radeon R7 260X
AMD Radeon RX 560
DirectX 11 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.


  1. Unreal Engine 4 engine build:[1]
  2. 2.0 2.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:


  1. Verified by User:Cryio on 2024-03-01
  2. 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."
  3. Displaying change #9334387 - last accessed on 2020-09-01
  4. WTF! Game deleted from multiple regions/stores! - last accessed on 2020-09-01
  5. 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.
  6. Verified by User:Rose on 2020-08-27
    The rear speakers were used, as seen in Orban Loudness Meter.
  7. 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.