Square Enix External Studios has announced a partnership with UK charity Centrepoint to raise awareness of youth homelessness in the UK, with the partnership revolving around Life is Strange 2 and similar issues depicted by Dontnod in the game.
Centrepoint is a charity aimed at giving young homeless people a bright future, and this is a particularly important part of the year for them. Ever since 2010, rough sleeping overall has increased by 165%, and Centrepoint is targetting those between the ages of 16 and 25.
"Life is Strange as a series has provided players with a glimpse into slices of life they may have never even considered, and has provided awareness of a great number of issues faced by young people in our society, creating some truly inspirational conversation among players," said Jon Brooke, Co-Head of Studio at Square Enix External Studios.
"In Life is Strange 2, the Diaz brothers are cast out on their own, dealing with issues many homeless young people face on a daily basis. We know that Life is Strange fans are passionate about the themes they encounter in the game, and so by partnering with great organizations like Centrepoint, we hope to provide a way for them to get involved with helping share the message that there are places young people can turn in times of hardship."
"When Square Enix approached us, and introduced us to Life is Strange 2, we were incredibly impressed by the game's portrayal of homelessness among young people," added Paul Brocklehurst, Head of Helpline at Centrepoint. "Sean and Daniel find themselves made homeless at the beginning of the game. And though throughout the story they find places to stay, however, that doesn't necessarily mean they have a home."
"Being homeless means not having a safe place to call home. We know thousands of young people sleep rough every night, but there are thousands more sleeping on sofas, floors, night buses or with strangers - these are the "hidden homeless". And it's far more prevalent than people think - in fact 73% of young people we recently surveyed said they had sofa surfed as they had nowhere else to stay and 27 per cent spent a night in a tent."
Those affected by similar issues can contact Centrepoint on 0808 800 0661, or head to the Centrepoint website.
Square Enix will continue to promote Centrepoint via Life is Strange channels next month, and an awareness livestream is also planned, featuring content creators.
We actually talked to members of Centrepoint in London recently, including Brocklehurst himself, and you can find that interview below, in which they talk about the charity, the game's depiction of homelessness, and the emotional impact.
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