Tell Me Why is free for Pride Month

tell me why (opens in new tab)the narrative adventure of life is strange (opens in new tab) developers Dontnod Entertainment, is available for free on Steam and the Microsoft Store throughout June in celebration of Pride Month.

The game follows the story of Tyler Anson, a trans man who returns to his Alaskan hometown to be reunited with his sister Alyson as the duo investigates their mother’s mysterious death. Oh, and they can communicate telepathically, because it’s not a game of Dontnod without some supernatural antics thrown in for good measure.

This isn’t the first time Tell Me Why has been free. It wasn’t just the first episode made available for free (opens in new tab) permanently for some time, Microsoft gave the whole series (opens in new tab) for free during last year’s Pride Month, though the publisher didn’t specify this as the reason. Microsoft is being much more advanced about why this year, issuing a statement of support for the trans community on the official Xbox website along with the offer.

tell me why, (opens in new tab) the award-winning narrative adventure from Dontnod Entertainment and Xbox Publishing, will be available for free on Xbox consoles, Microsoft Store and Steam throughout the month of June 2022. To recognize that this year has seen a marked increase in anti-trans sentiment in the United States, Xbox Publishing is following up the free trial with donations of $25,000 each to Transgender Law Center and Trans Life Linetwo non-profit organizations that provide resources and support to trans, non-binary and genderqueer people.”

Sam Greer found Tell Me Why’s intentions admirable in his review, but felt the game’s family drama was at odds with the supernatural thriller, saying: its twists were disturbing and occasionally absurd.

Still for zero pounds, the more human side of Tell Me Why probably makes it worth it. Microsoft is also planning a charity stream of the game on June 23, with funds raised going to charity Trans Lifeline.

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