The Escapists

A seemingly simple prison break romp that reveals greater depths for patient players.

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The Escapists 2 announced, introduces multiplayer

Prison breakout simulator The Escapists is getting a sequel.

The catchily-named Escapists 2 will emerge for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One next year, with a big new addition: multiplayer. Drop-in/drop-out split-screen and online, co-op and versus modes will all be included.

There's a more detailed graphical style, too, while retaining the pixel art look of the original. The increased detail allows for better character customisation - including, yes, playing as a girl.

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The Escapists' PS4 port gets a release date

Prison escaping sim The Escapists will arrive on PS4 on 29th May, publisher team 17 has announced.

North Americans will receive it the following week on 2nd June.

Mouldy Toof's breakout adventure will cost £14.99 / €17.99 / $19.99 and its Alcatraz DLC will be available at launch for £1.99 / €2.49 / $2.99.

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The Escapists Alcatraz DLC out today for £2

Eastwood be a good side to swim from.

Clint Eastwood escaped Alcatraz but can you? The Escapists Alcatraz downloadable content has been released on PC (£1.59) and Xbox One (£1.99). The content blurb says Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary has been "painstakingly rebuilt".

The Escapists coming to PS4, says PEGI

UPDATE: Team17 confirms it. Coming "soon".

UPDATE 12.15AM BST: Team17 has confirmed it, sending the official press release to Eurogamer. The Escapists is coming to PlayStation 4 "soon". It's also now mentioned on the European PlayStation Blog.

The Escapists review

Eurogamer has dropped review scores and replaced them with a new recommendation system. Read the editor's blog to find out more.

Over the last decade, the boundaries of sandbox gaming have been continually pushed back. Not just in terms of physical space, but in terms of the rules governing what you can do in virtual spaces. In the original Driver, the cops would give chase if you went over the speed limit. In Grand Theft Auto 5 you can careen through Los Santos like a tipsy maniac and barely draw any attention.

The Escapists is a sandbox game, but it's one that understands that for freedom to have value there must be edges by which to define your transgressions. To do so, developer Mouldy Toof Studios has opted for the perfect setting: prison.

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Prison sandbox The Escapists gets Xbox One release date

Indie prison escape sandbox The Escapists launches for Xbox One on 13th February 2015, publisher Team17 has announced.

Co-developed by British studio Mouldy Toof, The Escapists first launched last summer, on PC via Steam Early Access.

Gameplay takes the form of preparing and escaping from six prisons by crafting weapons and tools, avoiding cell shakedowns or befriending guards.

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The Escapists is the latest game to come from Team 17, the company that was known for churning out Worms games on an annual basis until it changed tack and offered a helping hand to interesting indies. It's a fascinating prospect, kind of like Introversion's Prison Architect flipped on its head, with you wrestling with the routines of life inside and planning your own escape. Solid, smart stuff.