Backers of top-down prison break game The Escapists are no doubt aware that Team 17 have picked up the title for publication. An alpha version will be tunnelling into backer inboxes soon and the game will also be playable at EGX Rezzed. The Lair of the Worms appears to be making a concerted move into third-party publishing, having already signed minimalist stealth game Light, which was also creeping through the crowdfunding process when Team 17 spotted it. My advice? If you're an indie developer, the best way to attract Team 17's attention is a spot of top-down sneaking. Perhaps it's time to start work on that roguelike Casanova sim you've been planning for the last five years.
A passing press release spoke to me of The Escapists:
The Escapists is a time management prison escape game that gives you the 'freedom' to live the life of a prison inmate, ultimately plotting and pulling off a daring escape!
To escape you'll have to work around the strict prison schedule as best you can to avoid any unwanted attention from the guards. Craft weapons and tools from everyday objects you will find, or steal, around the prison but beware of cell shakedowns! All that stands between you and your freedom is a perfectly executed escape plan.
The Escapists was greenlit by Steam within just 96 hours of its application last year and is scheduled for release later in 2014.
The most recent update on the Kickstarter page mentions the addition of ventilation shafts, which are an essential ingredient in stealth/escape games.
Light will also be playable at Rezzed.