Dontnod Entertainment and Microsoft reveal 'Tell Me Why,' focuses on transgender hero

Tell Me Why
Tell Me Why (Image credit: Xbox Game Studios)

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Dontnod Logo (Image credit: Dontnod Entertainment)

What you need to know

  • Dontnod Entertainment is partnering with Xbox Game Studios to make another emotional adventure.
  • Tell Me Why focuses on childhood trauma and revolves around a transgender man.
  • It's expected to launch in Summer 2020.
  • Tell Me Why will be part of Xbox Game Pass.

Dontnod Entertainment has crafted many amazing games like the Life Is Strange and Vampyr, but now the stellar team is partnering with Xbox Game Studios to make a game called "Tell Me Why." Tell Me Why is a true-to-life narrative adventure for Xbox One and Windows 10. As expected, it's going to be available on Xbox Game Pass and Steam when it launches in Summer 2020.

The description states that Tell Me Why is set in small-town Alaska and places you at the heart of a mystery in an intimate story where twins Tyler and Alyson use their extraordinary bond to unravel memories of a loving but troubled childhood. Tyler and Alyson are both playable characters and equal heroes in the story.

Game Director Florent Guillaume said, "We love them both. And we are especially grateful to Microsoft for its full support, openness, and help regarding Tyler's identity and character, as a transgender man." Dontnod worked closely with Microsoft and the LGBTQ media advocacy organization GLAAD in shaping Tyler as an authentic representation of the trans experience, as well as a genuine, multidimensional character. The press release Windows Central received said that "Tyler is also the first playable video game hero from a major studio and publisher who is also transgender."

Director of Transgender Representation at GLAAD Nick Adams added, "Microsoft and Dontnod have approached Tyler with a real commitment to authenticity. Tyler is a fully-realized, endearing character, whose story is not reduced to simplistic trans tropes. Creating a playable lead trans character – and taking such care to get it right – raises the bar for future LGBTQ inclusion in gaming."

This is definitely a major step for the video game industry in my opinion and everyone here is incredibly excited to play this game in 2020. Given Dontnod's past titles, this will probably be of the utmost quality because the subject matter is definitely compelling.



Asher Madan

Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.