EA's Co-Op Prison Escape Game A Way Out Crosses A Big Milestone

A Way Out has gone gold.

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A Way Out, the co-op game from the creator of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, is almost here. The game recently crossed a major milestone, as Josef Fares announced on Twitter that it went "gold." That means development on the title has finished.

"I can't even describe my excitement," Fares said on Twitter.

A Way Out launches on March 23 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The game is only playable in co-op, but there will be a way to pretty much ensure you have someone to play with. At The Game Awards back in December, publisher EA announced a "friends pass free trial" for the game that lets you play the full title if your friend owns it.

There are a few caveats: You need a constant internet connection and an EA account to use this trial. Also, your friend must be on the same platform, and you'll need PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold if you're playing on console.

Set in the '70s, A Way Out focuses on the story of two convicts who are on the run after a prison escape. You can see the latest gameplay trailer in the embed above.

Fares, who is also a film director, made headlines during The Game Awards when he went off-script during a live segment and proclaimed, "F**k the Oscars." He also gave the middle finger to the camera in an awkward interview with host Geoff Keighley.

At the awards show, spoke passionately about A Way Out. "I live, breathe, s*** this game. It is everything for me," he told GameSpot. "Even if the whole word told me this is s***, I still know in my heart it's not, it's great. I know when people play it, they will understand what I mean, what's it doing."

Since A Way Out is published by EA, it stands to reason that a trial for the game will be playable ahead of time for EA/Origin Access subscribers. Typically, subscribers can play a portion of upcoming EA games around 5 days before their public release, though it's not immediately clear if this will be the case for A Way Out.

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Avatar image for rcontini

Damn you EA, I really want to play this, but forced online co-op? my mrs wants to play this too so we have to buy 2 copies?

if it is forced, then you should get 2 licences for 1 copy.

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@rcontini: I'm pretty sure you can play locally on one system. It'll just be split-screen.

Avatar image for barcaazul

I'd forgot about this, looks nice, but I play late and few friends online to coop with at that time.

Hopefully like journey you can just pair up with somebody

Avatar image for The_Inebriator

I’ve been avoiding EA like the plague lately, but I think I might have to pick this one up. I like playing games with my son, and local coop games are so hard to find on the PC.

Avatar image for Runeweaver

So does it have loot crates?

But not really a game for me because.


Avatar image for hardcoregamer1

I would never buy a game like this too much restrictions I want to play whenever I want, I dont like the idea of having to wait on a friend to play.

Avatar image for AloeVera4

Is it me, or did Josef Faris pattern the character Leo after himself?? They look identical.

Also, yeah, I can see the frustration in FORCING people to play this game with someone else. Hell, I play these to get AWAY from others....not to invite them into my temporary escape from them.

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How can play this game without a friend playing the game itself . It should be online game like go through servers it’s stupid move from Ea games .

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Great! Now all I need is a friend.

Avatar image for uubershikamarux

looks interesting I just hope its good even if it is short.

Avatar image for gamingdevil800

The games cheap and is basically worth two copies considering a friend can play with you online, definitely getting it. Plus if a friend isn't available I'm sure I can find someone online to play with in matchmaking.

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What happened to having local co op or the AI to co op with you :(

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@Archangel2222: Would probably break what he wanted to make if there is a lot of puzzle solving. Would be kinda stupid if the AI is solving puzzles for you then waiting ages for you to solve one with the other character you are playing as.

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I'm fine with the idea of coop being included, but making it mandatory could be a problem. Clearly that's why they created this friend pass thing, but I don't know... this seems to me like the kinda game that should be playable offline with an AI partner.

Avatar image for b0nb0n

When I first saw this game, i loved it. And it was on my list.

But when the said it could only be played in co op. It went of my list.

To bad, because the game looks very nice!

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@b0nb0n: Totally agree. Looks cool, good concept, I see what they're trying to do in terms of game design innovation, but only co-op....That means either a stranger (which runs the risk of ruining the whole thing) or trying to coordinate with a friend, which, when you have three kids and your friends all have kids isn't as easy as it used to be.

Ah, well. Can't play 'em all.

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@olddadgamer: Same, I won't be playing. too bad because I love the Prison Break genre. Also it's EA so I'm guessing loot boxes somehow.

Avatar image for mrbojangles25

Making this game require co-op/multiplayer is a big mistake, that's going to turn a lot of people off, exacerbated by the fact that people are looking for a reason to be turned off of EA

"Hey this game is really fun!" people might say
"Yeah, but it requires a connection and mandatory multiplayer!" hates the hater
"Yeah, but...it's fun! Who cares, right?"

Many many many good and bad and everything in between things have been done "out of principle".

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@mrbojangles25: Maybe it's integral to the game experience?

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@mcnichoj: nah, they're lazy. I imagine AI and an AI-driven emergent campaign is a lot more difficult than, say, just letting your customer do the work. Netcode is all-but-standard these days anyway.

Don't get me wrong, I get it; and it might even be good! But like I said, it doesn't matter, people are looking for any excuse. People like the idea of knowing they can play a game offline or solo more than they like a good game you have to play online no matter what.

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@mrbojangles25: You're not wrong but what I'm saying is that maybe the developer wants two people in tandem to experience and work through the game together.

By the way online is not required unless you want to play from separate locations and each of you on a console, I believe it offers local split-screen as an option too. A bot for single player mode could also be in the works for a patch down the line but ideally you would play this with another person as originally intended.

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The guy went out of his way to say how not EA this game is. I'm personally not buying it, but my friend is, and I look forward to playing it.

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"There are a few caveats: You need a constant internet connection and an EA account to use this trial. Also, your friend must be on the same platform, and you'll need PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold if you're playing on console."

Isn't this the pre-requisites for any multiplayer games at all anyway?

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Sorry dude but the letters E and A make any game a HARD pass for me

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reading "EA" next to the game's name is just a big, big, buzzkill.

Avatar image for velcroboy

Just like most gamer, I got issues with EA, but I'm tempted to get this game just based on that dude's performance at the Steam awards.

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@velcroboy: He acted like a total immature douche.

That made you want to play the game?

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@aross2004: I thought that shit was hilarious. He was clearly drunk but whev, dude.