A Way into my heart
After Josef Fares’ stellar drunken rant at the Game Awards last week, I didn’t think there was going to be any piece of news on the upcoming A Way Out that would get me more excited than that. I already thought Fares was pretty damn dedicated when we first saw the game at E3, but now I’m convinced this man just wants people to play this game.
— Josef Fares (@josef_fares) December 11, 2017
How this works is by using something that developer Hazelight is calling “Friends Pass.” As long as someone buys a copy, the second player only needs to download a trial version and they can connect with their buddy to escape prison together. Since the game is built around it’s co-op mechanic, going so far as to always be in split screen, I think this is a great feature.
It also reminds me of how Ubisoft did something similar with Far Cry 4 for Sony users. That worked on a key system and had a limited amount of time where your friends could experience the game with you. I’m guessing A Way Out will ditch the time limit and strictly limit you to online co-op.
It may not make the most business sense to provide this feature, but it certainly shows that at least one development team really cares about its product. Hopefully this becomes a trend in the future, because I love gaming with my best friend and introducing him to totally random ass games.
Josef Fares [Twitter]