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First Impressions: The Escapists 2

by on June 19, 2017

The Escapists has a robust community of fans.  With over 4 million downloads, it has a special place in the hearts of many gamers.  I had the opportunity to talk with Kevin Carthew, a Creative Director at Team 17, during E3 last week.  We discussed some new tweaks that are coming to Escapists 2.  Of course, the biggest tweak is the addition of multiplayer!

Yes, The Escapists 2 will feature co-op and versus multiplayer modes, playing either locally or online, for up to four players.  Let’s say you have a couch multiplayer session going and you need some help.  Drop-in, drop-out multiplayer capability allows you to have a buddy jump in to give you assistance.  With multiplayer, you can carefully plan and execute an intricate escape.  Or, as Kevin mentioned, you can just live the life of a prisoner and don’t worry about escaping!

You can experience the entire campaign of The Escapists 2 solo or by teaming up with others.  There is also a multiplayer mode, or, as I like to call it, the troll mode.  Imagine a quick version of the Escapists where you have a time limit to escape.  You will go against another play to escape the fastest.  You can play versus with honor and dignity.  Or, you can be a troll and knock out other players as they try to escape.  Imagine being one move away from escaping.  The opposing player can take you out very quickly and use your plan to escape without having to do any work.  It’s the ultimate troll way to play, but you have that option.

As with the original game, escaping won’t be easy. You’ll have to work around the strict prison schedule and avoid the unwanted attention of guards.  You can craft weapons and tools with resources found within the prison.  Of course, you still have cell shakedowns, so be careful.  You can get a job or undertake quests to purchase vital supplies, all while scouting escape routes.  As with the first game, you have so many options in Escapists 2!

Some things to note – there will be prisoner customization available for the first time in the series.  You can customize your prisoner as you see fit.  Make him or her clean cut or a baddie with tons of tattoos and crazy hair.  It will be your choice.  Kevin also mentioned that there are some small tweaks here and there that will hopefully make Escapists 2 run even better.  He discussed a situation where you would lose stolen items over time without doing anything to lose it.  That has been fixed.

The Escapists is really unique because you can play it in a variety of ways.  Kevin mentioned that some players just want to use it as a prison life sim instead of focusing on escaping.  No matter how you play, Escapists 2 looks like a ton of fun.  The addition of multiplayer is the biggest news and a welcome addition to the franchise.  I can’t wait to make ridiculous escape plans with my friends and see if they work.

The Escapists 2 will be coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch (yes, it is coming to the Switch!!!!!!) and PC in 2017.

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