It’s time to break out all over again as The Escapists 2 is coming to Xbox One later this year. Xbox Wire got a sneak peek at the new game …
The Escapists was developed by Mouldy Toof Studios and will be published on Xbox One by Team 17 Digital. It is set for release on February 13, 2015 for $19.99. A copy was provided for review purposes.
The Escapists positions itself as a kind of craft-em-up roguelike set across a number of fiendishly designed secure facilities including prisons and POW camps. Think of it as somewhere between Terraria, Monaco and any number of top down action-RPGs. The main difference is that in order for you to be successful, The Escapists demands significantly more time and patience than almost any other game I’ve played — and what’s more, it’s perfectly suited to being a cute 8-bit indie title.
With only a very small number of simple core mechanics to rely upon, The Escapists turns the table on the typical sandbox approach taken by similar games. Instead, players are literally forced to adhere to a strict regimen of roll calls, mealtimes, break-times and work whilst simultaneously plotting their escape. It’s an inspired system that asks an awful lot from players and results in the rewards being all the sweeter.
Ever wanted to live the life of a convict without committing a crime? Then The Escapists from Team17 and Mouldy Toof is your game. Both a strategy game and jail simulator, the game throws you into prison and tasks you with breaking out. The game features six unique prisons to escape using six various methods. Escape isn’t easy; as an inmate you’ll need to gather the necessary supplies and set up your escape route while sticking to the prison’s schedule and avoiding guards. You can do prison jobs to earn funds for supplies, or just steal what you need (you’re a criminal, after all). The game also features an elaborate crafting system, featuring almost 200 items to find and create.
The Escapists is coming to Xbox One through ID@Xbox on Friday, February 13th (good luck with those escape plans). Check out the teaser trailer after the jump.