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Multiplayer is one of the new game features that was introduced in The Escapists 2. The various multiplayer options include:

  • Co-op
  • Local (Offline)
  • Online (Public or Friends-Only)
  • Splitscreen (Offline)
  • Versus

Online Multiplayer (co-op) allows you to play with up to three friends online. Split-screen Multiplayer allows you to play locally with multiple controllers to one console. However, some escapes can't be done in multiplayer like "My little Phoney" in Cougar Creek Railroad prison or "Meet The Crew" in Center Perks 2.0. Conversely, some escapes require multiplayer to be accomplished.

Versus Mode is a race to see who can escape the prison first in a one day race. there are no snipers (you can cut/chip/dig outside freely), no routines and no lockdowns. Also, all items purchasable from fellow inmates are free of charge.

Tips for Versus mode

  • Center Perks 2.0: Meet The Crew is the fastest in single player mode, but the snipers have gone home for the holiday, so grab a free pair of cutters and an adrenaline shot and cut the fence to the south of the prison. Just don't do anything else then get your supplies and cut the fence! This is the easiest prison to escape in the game this method can be done both with a friend or alone.
  • Cougar Creek Railroad: The items for the Pretend Carrot have a habit of appearing near the cell carriage. Knock out other players if they’ve been taken already. Don't worry about losing the carrot, as it is not contraband (It could get stolen by a player, though.)
  • Rattlesnake Springs: Ask around the inmates to grab a Crowbar or Iron Bar. Once you have head to the middle of the south second floor and use it to knock down the wall next to the chair. They will double as a weapon to deal with any interfering Guards.
  • H.M.S Orca: The Tubing can turn up in the medic desk near the cells. Check the area near the engine bay first, as there are three desks for the items to turn up in. And if you loose some important items, the contraband has an obvious trail...
  • H.M.P Offshore: Get/Craft some Nunchucks, a few Makeshift Stunguns,or any Weapons and flatten guards until you get a Red Key. Don’t bother with making a copy, because you can make it to the helicopter without triggering Lockdown. However the Dogs will still try search for the key, and most likely to complete their search for the Red Key.
  • If you forget some crafting recipes, than look at the Crafting page.

Co-op Tips

To begin a split-screen co-op game, open any game file in "Offline" mode. Press any button on a second connected controller and choose a character. Any money or progress made with this character will not be saved after closing the session. All items will be dropped in a "swag bag" after the guest player leaves the game.


It is impossible to hide keys from Dogs. They will function similarly to the normal gameplay. For example, if you hide in the desk or flushed in the toilet or given to Npcs or drop on the floor the dog will come to search and pick it up from where you do to it. But if you have a key on you, the dogs will run super speed to attack you.

It IS, however, possible to use a grappling hook to get onto the roof of a building (for instance, the area to the south of the shower room on Center Perks 2.0) and drop the key there. As long as there are no vents leading up there, then the key will be safe.