Asmodee Entertainment and Hourglass Escapes unleash the Arkham Horror Files franchise on experiential licensing

Published on: 6th March 2020

The Seattle-based puzzle room specialists, Hourglass Escapes – renowned in the pop culture circles for its licensed Evil Dead 2 escape room, has partnered with Asmodee Entertainment to unleash a new brand of horror to the experiential genre.

Working with the board game publisher-turned-entertainment studio, Hourglass Escapes has constructed a new Escape Room experience inspired by the Arkham Horror Files tabletop gaming franchise.

The launch will mark the first of its kind for Asmodee Entertainment and Fantasy Flight Games as it delivers “Lovecraftian monsters in the first official Arkham Horror Files escape room in the US.”

Hourglass Escape’s officially licensed Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn Escape Room has become a hit with pop culture fans, having received over 100 five-star reviews.

“It was such an amazing experience developing and opening the Evil Dead 2 Escape Room,” said Hourglass Escapes’ founder and creative director, Seth Wolfson. “We feel so lucky to have a chance to create a new experience based on the iconic board and card games set in the Arkham Horror Universe published by Fantasy Flight Games.”

The concept will launch this summer and will transport participants back to 1927 where the owner of the Gilman Hotel on the coast of Innsmouth has died under mysterious circumstances. Players will have 70 minutes to solve the unnatural mystery or fall prey to its horrors.

As an added level of geekdom, the voice actor of Spider-Man from the PS4 game Marvel’s Spider-Man, Yuri Lowenthal will star as the in-game narrator. Players will also be able to download their characters and costume ideas, as well as receive a special item on arrival that will help their chosen character within the game.

“This new game is going to blow both Arkham Horror and Lovecraftian fans away,” said Wolfson. “Based on A Shadow Over Innsmouth, this will be a story driven escape room with the classic Arkham Horror Files game mechanics woven in.”


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