Master the art of escape at Escape Academy with Game Pass later this year

Hi everyone, I’m Wyatt Bushnell, co-founder of Coin Crew Games, the company that just revealed escape academy during the super-duper fun /[email protected] Game show! For those of you who are looking for a cooperative escape room puzzle game, look no further because escape academy is a cooperative escape room puzzle game.

You probably haven’t heard of us, and that’s because Coin Crew Games haven’t always made video games. We started out building IRL escape rooms and arcade games. When the pandemic hit, we were casually between projects. Arcades are not pandemic proof, so we decided to take a twist and translate our learnings outside the home into a digital game. The result is Escape Academy.

Escape Academy screenshot

On escape academy, you play as a student enrolled in the titular school, studying to become the best escapist! Solve puzzles. Meet the faculty. Prepare the perfect cup of tea. The game features over a dozen handcrafted rooms and can be played entirely in single player or cooperatively with a friend, locally or online!

escape academy is our ideal escape game: it brings together the physical aspects of escape rooms and the wild settings of video games. Our history with gaming IRL informed much of the design: how will players walk through these spaces? What accessories will attract them? How do two players work together? Each room is designed to be solved as it would be in real life: using nothing but your head.

Escape Academy screenshot

We are also very excited about how the topic of escape academy came together, the concept of “academy” has paid us a ton of dividends creatively. The variety of school subjects allows us to tie interesting escape room settings and eccentric characters into a cohesive story. Also, I was watching a certain school superhero anime, so I’d be lying if I said that didn’t play a part in it.

Making the jump from physical to digital games was daunting at first, but we had the help of some amazing publishing partners: iam8bit and Skybound Games. His experience in both worlds was vital in bringing our crazy escape room ideas to life.

Escape Academy screenshot

We can’t wait to show you more escape academy later this year. We’re hard at work putting the finishing touches on the game, which will be available on Day 1 of 2022 with Game Pass for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Windows 10. Thanks for reading!