Life is Strange named for one of five Futures of Media awards

Dontnod's episodic teen tale is now a Peabody winner. Sort of.

The inaugural Futures of Media Award, co-sponsored by Facebook and Peabody Fellows and voted on by students of the University of Georga, has named Life as Strange for one of five awards honoring "excellence and innovation in digital storytelling."

The episodic adventure game from Dontnod Entertainment (which previously developed Remember Me) and publisher Square Enix focuses on teenage photographer Max Caulfield, who discovers she has the ability to rewind time and change the lives of those around her. In addition to garnering widespread critical praise, Life is Strange has also inspired an anti-bullying campaign and scholarship fund. It is the only videogame among the Futures of Media award winners.

"These award winners represent the cutting edge of how stories can be told in digital spaces," said Jeffrey Jones, director of the Peabody Awards, in conjunction with the announcement. Other award recipients include a virtual reality exploration of the ebola outbreak and a multimedia retelling of the 2014 murder of Michael Brown, which sparked the emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement.

While the Futures of Media Award is technically separate from the Peabody Awards handed out each year to creative works of broadcasting, its winners will feature during the award ceremony on May 21st. Co-sponsor Facebook will be streaming video of the event.

"The pace of innovation in digital storytelling is inspiring," said Andy Mitchell, speaking on behalf of the social media giant. "These winners demonstrate some of the possibilities to leverage new technologies."

(h/t Polygon.)