A Way Out Lasts 7/8 Hours; PS4 Pro & Xbox One X Enhancements Detailed, Devs Explain Switch Absence
Hazelight's A Way Out action/adventure split-screen co-op game is due for release this Thursday for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. As usual before a game release these days, some of the key developers have taken to Reddit this afternoon to participate in an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session and answered several questions in the process.
The outspoken Josef Fares confirmed the game's average length, for instance, and said that Hazelight will now focus on another project rather than working on DLC for A Way Out.
7-8 hours, depending on how you play. There's a lot to explore.
There are no plans for any DLC for A Way Out at the moment. We will be focusing on our next project.
With regards to PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X support, Hazelight's Lucas said that the former will get uncapped frame rate while the latter will also enjoy higher resolution (and thus better picture quality) on top of that.
Expect higher framerates overall on PS4 Pro. On a normal PS4, the frame rate will be running at 30 fps since it's a split-screen game. On a PS4 Pro, the framerate will be uncapped.
The Xbox One X will also run at higher framerate, as well as a higher resolution.
He then replied to a question about the lack of Nintendo Switch port.
As for Switch, we're definitely fans of the console over here, but there were some factors preventing us from doing a Switch release. It came out quite late in our development cycle, and we've been very busy spending all our time getting the game to the highest quality we could make it.
Also, since both players require their own camera control, it would mean that you would be forced to buy an extra Pro controller to even play the game, which seems like it would be a little unfair to the concept of the Switch. It would have been quite an effort to make an automatic camera system to make the single Joycon play work.
Finally, Lucas also clarified how the 'friend pass' works. Basically, anyone will be able to download A Way Out without purchasing it but they'll need an invite from someone who purchased it to play it together. The good news is that this procedure can be replicated with as many friends as desired.
You can play with as many people as you like.
All they have to do is download the friends pass version from Origin, which can be downloaded for free by anyone. After starting that they will need to wait for you to invite them before they can play the game.