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Before the Storm

Traces of Unused Content can be found in the game files for Life is Strange: Before the Storm.

Unused Audio Edit

Main article: Unused Audios (Prequel)

Dialogue with Taylor Edit

A conversation with Taylor at the Main Campus was originally going to be in the game at some point in development, but was cut for unknown reasons. The audio and text lines can still be found in the game files. The dialogue itself can be heard here and here. A node called "E1_S04_TAYLORBACKTALK" suggests that a Backtalk challenge was included in this removed dialogue sequence.

Unused Text Edit

Taylor's Mails and Messages Edit

In addition to the unused audio files, unused e-mails and SMS messages from Taylor as well as an SMS avatar and a journal entry can be found in the game files. During some patches, the following text was readable but did not represent the texture.[1] In the current version of the game, the author is Victoria Chase instead of Taylor Christensen.

E-mail:

TO: CHLOE PRICE
SUBJECT: Taylor Christensen commented on a photo you're tagged in.

To view the photo, make sure you click on the following link:
http://nodface.strange/kj3xk9?=latestcomment

Journal entry:

(JOURNAL_E1_S04B_02_005)

"Like Taylor, whose personality is even faker than the nose her parents bought for her on her 13th birthday."

SMS messages:

Episode 1:

BTS Contact Taylor
From: TAYLOR
5/7/2010 8:43 AM

Heyyyy it's Taylor!

BTS Contact Taylor
From: TAYLOR
5/7/2010 8:43 AM

I've got all these ballet flats but I'm thinking too feminine for you?

BTS Contact Taylor
From: TAYLOR
5/7/2010 8:43 AM

But then again you're tall. I just don't know!

BTS Contact Taylor
From: TAYLOR
5/7/2010 8:52 AM

Chloe, you busy girl?

From: ME
5/7/2010 8:52 AM

yes

BTS Contact Chloe
BTS Contact Taylor
From: TAYLOR
5/7/2010 8:53 AM

I'm so sorry we missed each other last night. Victoria was supposed to make sure everyone who should be invited got invited.

BTS Contact Taylor
From: TAYLOR
5/7/2010 8:53 AM

You were so cool about it. You're not mad right?

BTS Contact Taylor
From: TAYLOR
5/7/2010 8:54 AM

There will absolutely be a next time!

Episode 2:

Victoria drank the tea
BTS Contact Taylor
From: TAYLOR
5/8/2010 10:25 PM

It really wasn't nice what you did to Victoria!

BTS Contact Taylor
From: TAYLOR
5/8/2010 10:25 PM

I know everyone's texting you congrats right now, but I'm honestly kind of shocked.

Victoria didn't drink the tea
BTS Contact Taylor
From: TAYLOR
5/8/2010 10:25 PM

Chloe! You did a wonderful job tonight!

BTS Contact Taylor
From: TAYLOR
5/8/2010 10:25 PM

I was so surprised, like in a good way!

Arcadia Bay 15 Edit

In an early stage of development, the story was meant to contain a sub-plot line about the so called "Arcadia Bay 15" (also referred to as AB 15), seemingly a local political group.

At the Mill in Episode 1, Chloe would be able to interact with an object (likely a poster or flyer), as suggested by the subtitle file, and say: "The Arcadia Bay 15? Didn't expect these guys to be so political."

Later in her room, Chloe would be able to view a website on her laptop. The following is a recreation of how the website might have looked like[2]:

E1 S02 AMA ARCADIABAY15

Jail Reform Article Edit

There are unused lines for a prison riot article in the game files, the following is a recreation of how the article might have looked like[3]:

E1 S02C JAILREFORMARTICLE SMALL

Dialogie between Sara and Frank Edit

TBA

Lighthouse Dialogie between Chloe and Rachel Edit

TBA

Objectives Edit

Some objectives that Chloe usually writes down on her hand can be found in form of unused text files.

  • "People-watch"
  • "Destruction"

Unused Backtalks Edit

Some Backtalk challenges were removed from the game.

Episode Backtalk
Episode 1: Awake "E1_S01_SKEEVESBACKTALK"
"E1_S04_SKIPBACKTALK"
"E1_S04_TAYLORBACKTALK"
"E2_S04_EVANBACKTALK"
Episode 3: Hell Is Empty N/A

Unused Database Nodes Edit

Some interesting unused database nodes can be found in the game files.

Fireworks Edit

The following files heavily imply that originally there was supposed to be fireworks on the campus in Episode 1, very likely in preparation for the The Tempest play, that Chloe could interact and tamper with.

  • "E1_S04_FIREWORKSSUSPICION"
  • "E1_S04_GOTFIREWORKS"
  • "E1_S04_TEMPFIREWORKSFIX"

Drug Selling Mechanic Edit

Some nodes and an audio path indicate a drug selling mechanic on the dormitory map.

  • "E2_S04BlackwellDrugs" (from an audio directory path, "Audio\E2_S04BlackwellDrugs\Dialogue")
  • "E2_S04_DRUGSSOLD"
  • "E2_S04_SOLDTODANA"
  • "E2_S04_SOLDTOEVAN"

Additional Mill Chapter Edit

  • "E1_S07_CROWBAR"
  • "E1_S07_DOGCOLLAR"
  • "E1_S07_MESSAGE"
  • "E1_S07_SPRAYPAINT"

Unused Music Edit

Unused instrumental version of "A Hole In The Earth" (S02A-026-HoleIn).[4]

Unused Firewalk song.

Unused Character Info Edit

  • In the game's subtitle files, the lines spoken by Mr. Keaton are labelled "MR._SAFIRE." It is possible that Safire was an early surname for the teacher.
  • The model textures for Sera Gearhardt are labeled as "Ruth". It's likely an early name for her.
    • Another early name was possibly Vanessa, evident by a node called, "E1_S06_JAMESANDVANESSAONFOOTBRIDGE".

Unused Graphics Edit

The following files can or could be found in the game files but weren't used in the final version of the game.

Unused Locations Edit

Some locations were cut from the game but references to them can still be found.

Episode Locations
Episode 1: Awake "E1_S05_schoolbus"
"E1_S07_Mill"
N/A
Episode 3: Hell Is Empty N/A


Episode 1 Checkpoints Edit

The checkpoints of Episode 1 were released prior to the episode's premiere, in the first developer's diary for Before the Storm, "Return to Arcadia Bay". The script shows that the "Train" checkpoint originally was meant to be a "Schoolbus" checkpoint instead and got later replaced. It also shows that the "Old Mill" was supposed to appear a second time between the "Overlook" and the "Junkyard" chapters.

The Mill Edit

There are several hints that the Mill originally was featured a second time but was cut later on. The Episode 1 checkpoints that can be seen in the "Return to Arcadia Bay" developer's diary show that the "Old Mill", refered to as "E1_S07", was supposed to appear a second time between the "Overlook" and the "Junkyard" chapters.

StoryForge nodes and text files give further hints at how this chapter might have looked like:

StoryForge nodes:

  • "E1_S07_CROWBAR"
  • "E1_S07_DOGCOLLAR"
  • "E1_S07_MESSAGE"
  • "E1_S07_SPRAYPAINT"
  • "E1_S07_AMBIENTCOUNTERRACHEL"
  • "E1_S07_ASHESSIFTED"
  • "E1_S07_BAT"
  • "E1_S07_BONE"
  • "E1_S07_BOOKFOUND"
  • "E1_S07_BOOKREAD"
  • "E1_S07_BOOKTWOFOUND"
  • "E1_S07_BRACELETSEEN"
  • "E1_S07_CLEANEDWINDOW"
  • "E1_S07_COLLARACQUIRED"
  • "E1_S07_COOLEROPEN"
  • "E1_S07_DEFENDEDRACHEL"
  • "E1_S07_DOGSKULL"
  • "E1_S07_FRANKKNOWSCHLOE"
  • "E1_S07_FRIDGEOPENED"
  • "E1_S07_GATHGRAFFITI"
  • "E1_S07_LASTNIGHT"
  • "E1_S07_LOCKDISCOVERED"
  • "E1_S07_LOCKOPENED"
  • "E1_S07_LOOKEDATBEAVER"
  • "E1_S07_MILLENTERED"
  • "E1_S07_PLANKSET"
  • "E1_S07_RACHELCOVERED"
  • "E1_S07_RACHELIMPATIENT"
  • "E1_S07_RACHELPOSITION"
  • "E1_S07_RINGSEEN"
  • "E1_S07_SAYNOTHING"
  • "E1_S07_SECONDSTORYGRAFFITI"
  • "E1_S07_SHIRTSTOLEN"
  • "E1_S07_TARPMOVED"
  • "E1_S07_WELLSGRAFFITI"
  • "E1_S07_TODISTRACTSKEEVYGUY"

Text files:

  • POSTER_E1_S07_DOGBOOK_001= "Bowser", "Tundra", "Argus", "Ragnarok", "Delia", "Kali".
  • POSTER_E1_S07_SYRINGES_001= Amoxicillin trihydrate/clavulanate potassium.
  • POSTER_E1_S07_SYRINGES_002= Net Contents: Equivalent to 750 mg of amoxicillin as the trihydrate and 187.5 mg of clavulanic acid as clavulanate potassium.
  • POSTER_E1_S07_SYRINGES_003= Recommended Dosage: Dogs: 6.25 mg/lb (1mL/10lb) of body weight twice a day. Cats: 62.5 mg (1mL) twice a day.

Teaser Video Sequence Edit

The following sequence can be seen in the Episode 2 teaser that appears at the end of Episode 1, but it's not featured in the actual Episode 2.

Farewell Edit

  • GRILLBOOK:
The Art of an Open Flame
How to master meals made on the grill.

Max’s comment: Have I mentioned how much I'm going to miss Price family barbeques?

  • HONEYDOLIST (a "To Do" list):
Fix bathroom sink -- leaking again (crossed out)
Get Chloe's kite out of the tree (crossed out)
Fix wobbly chair (crossed out)
Replace broken hose spigot
Thanks, love you!

Max’s comment: Is there anything Chloe's dad can't fix?

  • JOYCENOTE:
Hey honey,
I hope you have a wonderful day
Love you!
Joyce.

Max’s comment: Aw. I wonder how long that's been there.

  • MODELAIRPLANEKIT:
Fairey Firefly II.
1:48 Scale Model.
184 Part Resin kit.
Ages 13+.

Max’s comment: Chloe's dad always seemed interested in World War II. Guess he's taking up a new hobby.

  • PHOTOTIPS:
Start Shooting
Quick tips to improve your photos!

' Max’s comment: I need to get a book like this!

  • REPORTCARDS:
PRICE, Chloe
Science - A - Focused, Attentive, Pleasure To Have in Class
History - A - Good Effort, Focused, Good Participation
English - B - Attentive, Close to an A
Phys Ed - A - No absences
Mathematics - A - Good Effort, Attentive

Max’s comment: I really hope Chloe likes it at Blackwell. She's always loved school.

  • WWIIBOOK:
All the front lines
A selection of true stories from allied soldiers, pilots, and sailors from all over the world.

Max’s comment: This must be Chloe's dad's reading list.

  • COFFEEMUG: (Audio and subtitle present.)

Max’s comment: This mug has seen many cups of coffee. Chloe's dad must use it all the time.

  • DETERGENT: (Audio present but no subtitle file.)

Max’s comment: I’ve never seen this brand before. They must have just switched to it.

Gallery Edit

Life is Strange Before the Storm, Unused Audio, Episode 3 Mill scene

Life is Strange Before the Storm, Unused Audio, Episode 3 Mill scene

External Links Edit

References Edit

  1. Reddit post by /u/IgelRM.
  2. Created by user IgelRM.
  3. Created by user IgelRM.
  4. Reddit post by /u/Fish013