A Way Out is a fully co-operative prison breakout adventure

By Marshall Lemon
10 June 2017 21:42 GMT

The latest project from EA Originals is a prison breakout game that can only be completed in co-op.

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I’m a sucker for co-op games, especially split-screen titles with a unique concept behind them. So I’ll definitely be paying attention to A Way Out, the new EA Originals titles designed by the makers of Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons.

A Way Out follows two convicts with unfinished business beyond the prison, reluctantly agreeing to work together on an escape plan. What’s unique is the co-op experience is mandatory – instead of an AI partner, two human players must work together to complete the game. In fact, the idea experience for the game is on local split screen, although online play is provided as an alternative.

By deciding to focus almost entirely on split-screen, A Way Out is able to come up with some visually interesting mechanics. For example, when one player is experiencing a cut-scene on one end of the prison, another player could be actively playing elsewhere – even to the point of impacting the scene.

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Even better, the finished game will extend well beyond the prison, as the characters must travel across the wilderness to survive and eventually reach the city where their goals can be achieved. Each scene is intended to provide a unique gameplay experience, so that players never feel like the action is getting repetitive.

All told, there’s a great deal of promise behind A Way Out, especially if you’re looking for a new co-op game. The finished title will be available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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