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The Escapists gets a desert island spin-off in The Survivalists

The Survivalists releases in 2020 for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch

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The Survivalists is a Survival-focused sandbox game that is set in the same universe as The Escapists. It was announced for Nintendo Switch at the Nintendo Indie World showcase. The game is also planned for PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One in 2020.

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The game comes from the same team behind The Escapists which is a prison-escape simulator. Team17 producer Emma Bates has said, “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,”

The Survivalists features a range of quirky stuff including trainable monkeys. The monkeys will act in your stead while you hang back and chill.  They can gather, build, and fend off boars if you train them right. There is also a session-based online co-op. Players will need to overcome forces of nature while exploring temples filled with loot and puzzles.

According to Team17:

“Featuring islands teeming with life and adversaries, The Survivalists takes 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 highly skilled in combat. 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 tantalizing objects and weapons to unlock and develop.”

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