Thought you were done with escaping? Well, it’s now time to survive, as Team17 announce a new survival-lite sandbox game set in The Escapists’ universe – The Survivalists.
Coming to Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC in 2020, The Survivalists will play out as a strategy, survival-lite sandbox that is found combining crafting, building, and monkey training, in one. Escaping was just the start of matters for Team17 with The Escapists , The Escapists The Walking Dead and The Escapists 2, and now it’s all about surviving, as players will get the opportunity to battle against the forces of nature, and across procedurally-generated islands filled with different and perilous biomes. And should you be able to prove your worth and survive, will have the chance to uncover many riches – and many more puzzles – in temples filled with loot.
The Survivalists on Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC will feature islands teeming with life and adversaries, as things take place in a rich world that never stands still. With a day/night cycle, a broad range of animals including boars, big cats, and sharks, as well as deadly fanatics who are highly skilled in combat, you’ll need all the help you can get. Thankfully, to help with survival, the game includes a mimic system that allows players to train the local monkey population to gather resources, build structures, or even fight off threats, while a deep and comprehensive crafting system offers tantalising objects and weapons to unlock and develop.
And to ensure that this is going to be an experience that will appeal to many, The Survivalists will cater for both the solo adventurer and those who prefer to work together in collaborative and session-based, online co-operative multiplayer.
Emma Bates, Producer, Team17, said: “Following the incredible success of The Escapists franchise, we wanted to expand the universe and try something very different from the world of prison breaks and orange boilersuits – and that’s how The Survivalists was born. We’re looking to really build on what’s been done with the genre in the past, with new takes on what it means to survive in harsh wildernesses and against nature itself – with the help of trained monkeys, of course.”
The Survivalists will be available in 2020, running as a digital download on Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Hit up that announcement trailer from Team17 below and let us know if you’ll be dropping into this new take on The Escapists by posting your thoughts in the comments.