Ashly Burch Returns in Life is Strange: Before the Storm Bonus Episode

Previously sidelined due to the SAG-AFTRA voice actors strike, Ashly Burch is now ready to return to the role of Chloe Price.


There's only one episode remaining in Life is Strange: Before the Storm. As we've followed Chloe Price's journey here at Shacknews, there has been something of an elephant in the room in regards to the absence of former Chloe voice actress Ashly Burch, due to the SAG-AFTRA voice actors strike. But the strike has since been settled and with that settlement, the Game Awards Best Performance nominee is ready to return to the role of Chloe Price.

"We're very excited to tell you that Before the Storm’s bonus episode 'Farewell' will be releasing in early 2018 and in even more exciting news; Hannah Telle and Ashly Burch will be returning to play Max and Chloe!" reads the announcement on the Life is Strange Tumblr page. "As you are all aware, Ashly has been working with the writing team at Deck Nine and we're ecstatic that she will be returning to play the role of young Chloe."

As mentioned, though she isn't playing Chloe in this prequel, Burch has remained on the project as a consultant. It's an arrangement that lead writer Zak Garris went into in more detail about during a recent interview with Shacknews:

"What we ended up doing was just sharing the script directly with [Burch] and saying, 'This is our episode one script. This is the story that we're telling with the prequel. We'd love to hear your thoughts.' Our passion and our interests really resonated with her and she said, 'This is something really special.' And she joined our team as a story consultant. And that was actually wonderful! We got to hear her craft as a writer, her interior understanding of who Chloe is, she's read every dialogue line, she's read the scripts in their entirety, and she's even talked about her thoughts on the story that we're doing. That was one of the biggest affirmations that we were heading in the right direction and it's been invaluable on the project, for sure."

The "Farewell" chapter is an exclusive addition to the Life is Strange: Before the Storm Deluxe Edition and will center around a young Max Caulfield. The main Before the Storm story is expected to wrap up before the end of 2017. In the meantime, we have some burning questions we're asking in regards to how this story is going to end.

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