8 cities in the United States will be getting their own Final Fantasy XIV themed escape room. The basis of this one is that a group of 6 people have an hour to stop the rise of the primal Bahamut. Because naturally that signals the end of the world. As Bahamut tends to do.
The backstory for the escape room is rather simple. Ostensibly the experience takes place 5 years after the Calamity at the end of the 6th Astral Era when Dalamud fell, awakening the primal Bahamut, who was promptly sealed away by Archon Louisoix Leveilleur. 5 years later and worshippers of Bahamut are attempting to revive him in a subterranean cavern, so, basically, participants get to venture into the Coils. If you've always wanted to solve FF-themed puzzles, you can check the website to see if the event will be coming to a city near you. No dates have been announced yet.
SCRAP Entertainment, the company spearheading this project in conjunction with Square Enix, describes the event as a "Real Escape Game" as "a unique and interactive live puzzle event where teams solve mysteries and clues within a time limit." Where you and your fellow players are the heroes of the story and need to escape by solving puzzles and brainteasers. Multiple teams will be working during each game, competing against one another to escape. Which sounds like a normal escape room, despite the final description reading: "This is NOT a maze or traditional escape room! It is a fully hosted, story-based escape event designed for puzzle fans and fans of the FINAL FANTASY franchise."
The event trailer is below: