Today sees the launch of The Survivalists on Switch, the latest game from Team17 and a follow-up to the much-loved The Escapists.

While not a direct sequel as such, The Survivalists is described as being a "part of The Escapists' universe". It has players heading out to their very own procedurally-generated islands, where they're free to explore, craft, and train troupes of monkeys in order to survive against the harsh environments. Seriously, we're not making that last part up.

A new trailer has been released today to mark the game's launch, so make sure to give that a quick watch up above. We also have some screenshots and a list of key features for you:

Key Features:
- Play together and survive: Up to four players can join forces to explore the world of The Survivalists, helping each other out to stay alive
- Get crafty and be inventive: Various items great and small can be crafted, from weapons to tools and buildings to keep your crew sheltered
- Automate with monkeys: Enlist the help of monkeys for a number of tasks, including protecting your group and gathering resources
- Curiosity is rewarded: Players are encouraged to explore their surroundings, where they’ll encounter dangerous wildlife, mythical enemies, and tantalising secrets.

If you're wanting to download the game today, you'll find it waiting for you on the eShop for £21.99 / $24.99. We're working hard to bring you a review of the game, too, so feel free to keep an eye out for that if you'd prefer to wait for our verdict.

Have you played The Escapists? Are you looking forward to a new game in the same universe? Let us know down below.