IAM8Bit and Skybound Games have teamed up with the creative heads of Coin Crew Games to publish Escape Academy.
Escape Academy is one of the first video games that captures the authentic escape room experience and invites players to enter the footsteps of extraordinary eskapists.
To do this, you must be your way through a variety of team-based exploration and time-pressure challenges trains that have been specially developed to bring the mystery to the intrigues and fun of escape rooms to the players home.
The announcement trailer is available here:
Coin Crew Games was co-founded by Wyatt Bushnell and Mike Mohammed Salyh and has many years of experience in developing real experiences that combine the active gameplay with a strong focus on group interaction.
Bushnell has developed attractions for amusement parks and gambling halls, including the technology-focused Two Bit Circus with huge escape rooms in Los Angeles and Salyh designed Games for Disney, Zynga and Two Bit Circus. Wyatt and Mike became business partners after being commissioned to develop together an IRL escape space experience.
“Our goal has always been to bring people together to play, be it in playshots or at home,” says Mike Mohammed Salyh, co-founder of Coin Crew Games. “As a studio, we are Rigoros when it comes to testing our designs early and often – a philosophy we have taken over from our years of developing games for the local entertainment area.”
“We were thrilled to pass on these development ideals to IAM8Bit and Skybound, which have helped us crucial to navigate through the digital side of game development,” says Wyatt Bushnell, co-founder of Coin Crew Games. “We have already heard many horror stories about publishing relationships, but these felt more like a romantic comedy.”
IAM8BIT takes game publishing in its repertoire and Escape Academy is the first original title published as part of IAM8Bit Presents.
“Iam8bit and Coin Crew share the same ideals when it comes to providing players really special, unique experiences,” said Jon M. Gibson and Amanda White, co-owner of Iam8bit. “Escape Academy really catches the thrill of tuning with friends and experiencing the real adrenaline impetus to beat the time – and we say that because of our own experience in designing Irl-Escape Rooms for Resident Evil and Alita: Battle Angel. There are so many different levels in the narrative and nuanced elements that make the puzzles to captivate challenges. “
“Skybound Games focuses on providing developers who create unique interactive experiences, offering a platform and we immediately knew that Coin Crew has created something special,” says Ian Howe, co-CEO of Skybound Games. “Wyatt, Mike and the Coin Crew team have created a group gaming experience that challenges team dynamics as well as challenging and picking up the most out of friends and family to handle pressure to unlock each room.”
In a secret world, the players are drawn into the secrets of the Escape Academy, an educational institution for people with rogue skills suitable for the “art of escape”.
These new recruits must be their way through fatal challenges, which are made by crazy and charismatic professors, to secure their place under the legendary “escapists”. Full of shocking turns and turns the players navigate through spaces where a lot is on the game and finally cover a threat that they could never have imagined.
Escape Academy will be available from publication in the Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Series Xbox Game Pass, Xbox One, Playstation 5, Playstation 4 and PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store.