Life is Strange: True Colors Fix Aspect Ratio

This guide will help you play in a 21:9/32:9/etc. Aspect Ratio with simple hex editing.

Introduction

Unfortunately, like in all other Life is Strange games, True Colors does not support 21:9 out of the box, instead having black bars on the sides of the screen.

Life is Strange: True Colors Fix Aspect Ratio

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However, by making a couple of hex edits, we can make the game adapt to Ultrawide screens while maintaining the original FOV.

1. Opening the executable in a Hex Editor

Before we do anything else, since we’re going to do hex editing, we need a Hex Editor. I will be using HxD[mh-nexus.de], a free and lightweigh one that does the trick for what we need, but any other should work all the same.

Once we open HxD, we need to load the executable of the game. To do this, go to File->Open.

Life is Strange: True Colors Fix Aspect Ratio

Next, we go to the directory the game is in, which is

[STEAMDIRECTORY]\steamapps\common\LifeIsStrange3\Siren\Binaries\Win64

Your directory will change depending on whether you have the game installed in C:, D:, etc. Alternatively, you can just go to the properties of the game->Local Files->Browse, which will take you directly to the LifeIsStrange3 folder.

Now, before we open the executable, we’re going to make a backup of the vanilla file, so we can have it at hand if needed. Simply copy and paste the exe in the same location.

Finally, we open Siren-Win64-Shipping.exe.

Life is Strange: True Colors Fix Aspect Ratio

2. Changing the Aspect Ratio

The first thing we’re going to do is change the aspect ratio, so the black bars disappear. To do that, we’re going to go to Search->Replace->Hex-values, making sure Search direction is set to All.

Life is Strange: True Colors Fix Aspect Ratio
Life is Strange: True Colors Fix Aspect Ratio

Now, while the value we put in Search for is always this,

3B 8E E3 3F

The value we put in Replace with will depend on your monitor’s exact resolution and aspect ratio:

  • 21:9 (2560×1080)
    26 B4 17 40
  • 21:9 (3440×1440)
    8A E3 18 40
  • 21:9 (3840×1600)
    9A 99 19 40
  • 32:10
    CD CC 4C 40
  • 32:9
    39 8E 63 40

If your aspect ratio is not in the list, check this one.[www.wsgf.org] Do note that the values from that one may lead to unexpected behaviour; i.e. the value given for 21:9 1440 breaks fullscreen support.

For example, it would look like this for my 3440×1440:

Life is Strange: True Colors Fix Aspect Ratio

Finally, hit Replace all.

The program should report five occurrences have been replaced.

Unfortunately, while the black bars should have disappeared, this is not enough: the view is zoomed in compared to the original, cropped ratio.

Life is Strange: True Colors Fix Aspect Ratio

⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀  The “Sad” face, as well as the area of the jacket below the stickers, is missing.

To fix this, we’re going to edit some more hex code in the next, and final, step.

3. Changing the FOV

In the very same Replace window from the last step, we put the following in in Search for:

35 FA 0E 3C AC C5 27 37

Now, the Replace with part is a bit tricky. So far we have the following values:

  • 21:9:
    35 FA 3E 3C AC C5 27 37
  • 32:9 (Thanks @TriSarahTops):
    35 FA 82 3C AC C5 27 37
  • 32:10 (Untested):
    35 FA 40 3C AC C5 27 37

For example, it would look like this for 21:9 (ignore the 6F):

Life is Strange: True Colors Fix Aspect Ratio

If your Aspect Ratio is not in the list, I’m afraid you will have to edit the third value (0E) manually until you get a FOV that’s close to the original’s, changing the Int8 on the right side of HxD. I recommend using the very first screen of the game to check as such. If you do find a good one, please share it below!

Once both values are in, we hit Replace all once again. This time around, only one occurrence should have been replaced. Finally, we hit Ctrl+S to save our changes, then close the program.

And we’re done! The game should now look the exact same except for a full, sweet 21:9/32:9/etc. aspect ratio.

Life is Strange: True Colors Fix Aspect Ratio

TL;DR for people with technical skills

All five instances of:

3B 8E E3 3F

to:

  • 21:9 (2560×1080)
    26 B4 17 40
  • 21:9 (3440×1440)
    8A E3 18 40
  • 21:9 (3840×1600)
    9A 99 19 40
  • 32:10
    CD CC 4C 40
  • 32:9
    39 8E 63 40

Instance of:

35 FA 0E 3C AC C5 27 37

to:

  • 21:9:
    35 FA 3E 3C AC C5 27 37
  • 32:9 (Thanks @TriSarahTops):
    35 FA 82 3C AC C5 27 37
  • 32:10 (Untested):
    35 FA 40 3C AC C5 27 37

Known issues

This is a compilation of recorded issues as reported by this guide’s users. If you experience any of these bugs or any other, please re-try using the original backup of the exe you can find in the Siren folder (that is, the one without any hex modifications), then re-enable the fix once the game autosaves past that section. If you can’t find/didn’t make one, HxD should have an automatic backup ending in .bak that you can use too. If the bug is not listed here, please report it in the comments below.

21:9:

  • There is a section where you are investigating the Typhoon mining company with Steph and Ryan, and you have to investigate a map and fried rice. Both of these elements seem to be made un-interactable by the fix. (Reported by @Raziel, pending confirmation by myself)

32:9:

  • A section where you have to pick a hat out of a chest in Chapter 3 is left broken by the fix. (Reported by @mattbrookbank)

Credits

Thank you for reading my guide! It would not have been possible without the following:

  • Original guide[questions.satisfactorygame.com]the hexes were extracted from.
  • Azulath: info on exact mathematical values for most Aspect Ratios.
  • TriSarahTops: 32:9 FOV values.

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