Because I’m a grumpy old man and I don’t like people to enjoy things, whenever people get excited about Hazelight’s upcoming co-op prison escape game, A Way Out, I instantly point out its surprisingly low pre-order price and warn these people that it’s probably indicative of a campaign that will be over in an hour or two. As it turns out, I was wrong, and I’m delighted.
A Way Out game director Josef Fares has revealed that the story will take about as long to complete as most of the big budget shooters we tear through every holiday season.
“For me it’s not about how long the game is. I think the game will be around six, eight hours,” said Fares, during a playthrough with Gamespot’s Mike Mahardy. “But at the end of the day it’s important that it’s fresh and unique all the time.”
If you’ve got the patience to sit through the 35 minute playthrough you will see what the game director means when he says “fresh and unique”. The narrative transitions through play styles all the way, and I would imagine that this design style will make that six to eight hour play time feel like it’s worth a lot more than the same hours spent shooting at red barrels and hiding behind crates in your favourite shooter’s campaign. You can view the full video straight from the source, over at Gamespot.
Obviously the difference here is that, unlike a Battlefield of Call of Duty game loaded with competitive multiplayer madness, once you’ve conquered the A Way Out campaign, you’ve pretty much seen it all.
Still, right now gamers are clamoring for proper co-op focused gameplay, as opposed to a co-op mode which feels like it was tacked on as an afterthought, and A Way Out looks set to fill that gap.