Some of you may have been fortunate enough to go to Up The Game earlier this month. Some of you, like me, may have missed the opportunity. For those who are unaware, Up The Game is a large conference for escape game designers as well as enthusiasts. It’s the best event of its kind, with talks, workshops and demos from people at all levels of the industry. The main focus this year was “The Future of Experience” and that got me thinking. What lies in the future of escape rooms?
I don’t know about you, but I feel like even though escape rooms have been around for a while, it seems that in the past year or so their popularity has increased massively. Considering this, I believe the future of escape rooms will be a bright one. With many owners and designers pushing themselves creatively to bring you newer, better, more immersive experiences. I think it is this mindset that will drive the industry forwards and continue to produce truly unique experiences.
So, what can we expect in the future of escape rooms? Well, with major advances in resources and technologies available to us, such as arduino and raspberry pi. With a greater wealth of experience in set design and prop creation, a supportive community and events like Up The Game. Finally, with a drive to push these to the limits and beyond, you can be certain of a few things… Unique rooms with well executed themes and amazing set design, and devious puzzles presented in original ways. However, most importantly, I feel, a completely immersed. One that transports the player to the time or location of the rooms setting, where you can truly believe you are there. What ever is coming, I can’t wait for it and although no-one can predict the future, I know its going to be incredible!
I’m sure most of you have, however if you are yet to try an escape, what are you waiting for? We currently have two to offer, Mayan and Vermilion, with many more coming very soon. If you have played ours or any others before and are keen for new experiences check out our Kickstarter, and please show your support if you’re able. Here at OWE we are constantly aiming to improve our games and come up with more innovative ways of designing, presenting and implementing puzzles. We also like to toy with concepts and aim to make our rooms stand out from the rest. With things like our hint personalities (in game characters that players can interact with), original ideas for themes and layouts, and other elements like sound and smell. All this lends to high levels of immersion, something which we strive for.
Building is underway for Abyss, our 3rd room at our Southampton venue. We’ve just been approved planning permission for our venue in Portsmouth, and we have some huge plans. We want to bring you the very best in escape room experiences, and I feel confident that you’ll not be disappointed.
I, for one, am very excited to see whats in the future of escape rooms. I’m even more excited about the future of Other World Escapes. See y’all there.