Posts Tagged ‘Prison Architect’

Steam Early Access Debuts With Arma 3, Prison Architect

“Oh boy! I can finally get into prison early!” Oh videogames, don’t ever stop allowing me to create phrases of such ear-perking outlandishness that people could mistake me as ringleader of a merry band of elves. Other gems now possible thanks to Steam’s paid-alpha-centric Early Access program include “Hooray! Frighteningly authentic war’s happening even sooner than I thought” and “I wasn’t planning on being shipwrecked with no hope of escape today, but I certainly can’t complain.” But Prison Architect, Arma 3, and Under The Ocean are only three of the 12 inaugural games on offer. The rest – and perhaps even some freshly baked wordthinks – are after the break.

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Forward The Foundation: Prison Architect Alpha 5

Cook your own damned dinner, then

While I may still be searching my rotten soul for how I really feel about Prison Architect‘s concept and attendant amorality, I remain highly interested in its ongoing development. The fifth alpha build is now available to pre-orderererers, and among its new features are sexy firemen. Well, firemen, anyway.
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Impressions: Prison Architect

Prison Architect is a management game from Introversion, makers of Uplink and Darwinia. They’re currently running a pre-order system in which you get access to ongoing alpha builds. I’ve been playing virtual, invisible warden in the most recent one, which though lacking several features and an ultimate objective offers a good flavour of this game of construction and containment.

Why? Why do they hate me so? I go out of my way to be nice, to give them plenty of free time and fresh air, to give them varied meals and hot showers. I give them TVs in their rooms. They miss their families, so I build payphones that they might talk to them.

So they smash the payphones.
They smash the TVs.
They smash the showers.
They smash the meal trays.
They smash each other.
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Saw Scant Redemption: Prison Architect’s Fixed Fog

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Pretty much the type of comment I hate most here is “shame on you RPS for not posting about game/event x”. No, shame on you for being a plonker. But this time and this time only you are allowed to say “shame on you” to me. Why? Because I still haven’t played Introversion’s Prison Architect, even though I have a copy of the alpha.

Shame on me.

I do intend to correct this very soon though, and fortunately I’ll be going into a newly-updated build which corrects the notorious fog of war issue.
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Prison Architect Breaks Out It’s Third Alpha Update

Prison Architect really seems to be turning around Introversion’s fortunes. With more than $400,000 made since the release of the alpha, their out-turned pocket linings might be facing inward once again. And now the alpha has reached its third stage, adding in fog of war, and a new CCTV system. There’s a video to prove it.

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Prison Architect Is The Daddy Now

Introversion’s management sim/financial experiment Prison Architect has done reasonably well for itself off the back of an alpha version alone, managing 10,000 sales and not too far south of $400,000 as a result.

Those are small beer numbers for a full release game, but we’re talking about a far-from-finished alpha only available direct from the developer. In that context, it is BIG BEER.
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Blimey: Prison Architect Made $100k In 72 Hours


Eurogamer are reporting that Introversion’s Prison Architect Alpha access has been a significant success, with $100,000 made in the first 72 hours. There were 2667 sales, with four people opting for the $1000 Warden-creating option. Mark Morris said he and Delay are “absolutely stunned”.

You buy into the alpha here.

Introversion Unveil Prison Architect’s Alpha Launch


Prison Architect is coming along nicely, as I’ve reported previously. Now though, the Introversions – Chris Delay and Mark Morris – want players to help push the design process along, as well as some pre-order money to keep themselves in bread and water. With that in mind, there’s now a tiered pre-order option open, and you can get involved for a price. We talked to them about that at length, and you can read the interview – and watch the videos – below.
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Introversion’s Rezzed Session: Explanations, Demos


Introversion used their developer session at Rezzed to explain why they had canned Subversion, and how the technology and ideas from that had become Prison Architect, which was playable at the show. It’s certainly worth a look, and you can watch the session – which includes some footage of Subversion – below. Relatedly, you can also read my take Prison Architect here and here.
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Hands On: Prison Architect


This is my second time with a pre-release version of Prison Architect. You can read my first impressions right here. This time I’ve played a slightly more advanced version, albeit one that is not tuned for IGF judges. Fresh thoughts stockaded below.
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Intelligent Demise: The End Of Darwinia

They crash them, and their bodies may BURN! They smash them, and they won't return! In new games!

They say you should always be prepared to kill your darlings. Darwinia creators Introversion have taken it one step forward, creating nothing short of a Darwinian snuff movie to mark their transition from little computer people to… prison architects. Yeah, that’s still a little weird. But never mind. Help them celebrate this glorious new age of Not Darwinia by enjoying 2:36 minutes of burning, shooting and stabbing that really puts the ‘aaaaargh!’ into ‘carthasis’.

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Break Into Prison Architect Later This Year

Jings!
Introversion’s Prison Architect is the mysterious tumour that ate away at Subversion. Wait, that’s a horrible thing to say! Let me get my Men In Black Mind Eraser thing and we’ll pretend I never said – *flash* [Editor’s Note – at this point Craig accidentally flashed his own memories. He doesn’t know who he is, so we’ve told him he’s Oor Wullie]. Crivens! Thuy sais it’s oot fur a’body aroond September, if yer up for contributin’ tae tha alphu.
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Guvnor’: Hands On With Prison Architect


The cancellation of Introversion’s Subversion has at least borne some fruit. Our interview with lead programmer Chris Delay explain that a prison breakout level in Subversion, combined with a visit to Alcatraz, gave rise to an idea for a prison management game, Prison Architect. I’ve been playing some of the IGF build of that game – so far from release, but totally playable – and I’ve written up a few impressions below.
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Introversion HumBundle And Hunt Updates


Roving gangs of clever internet-users have tracked down the first Prison Architect video (below) thanks to the clues provided in Introversion’s treasure hunt. The video shows sped up footage of a prison being constructed, with prisoners and guards milling about at high speed. The Introversion-dominated Humble Indie bundle has also been updated so that you get the additional games, now including the excellent Dungeons Of Dredmor, if you beat the average offering for the pay-what-you-wantness, which is currently $3.96.
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Introversion Drop “Treasure Hunt” Clue


Hmm! Introversion are up to something. They’ve sent us a mysterious image, which you can see below. They tell us it is part of some kind of treasure hunt thing. PCG have the first image. The email from Introversion reads: “The clues are all from Introversion’s next game Prison Architect, and showcase Ryan Sumo’s amazing art. Some of the clues are buried in the Humble Introversion Bundle.”

Intrigue-o-tron!
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Introversion Explain Subversion’s Fate


Earlier this week I had a chance to talk to Introversion lead programmer, Chris Delay. He explained a bit about what was going on with the British indie, talking about how the suspended Subversion project had changed their outlook, and how they’re returning to their original approach of being bedroom programmers.

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Introversion Announce Prison Architect

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Introversion’s Chris delay sends word that their new project, Prison Architect, is a game in which you “Build and manage a maximum security prison”. Crikey! Unexpected. But then it was unexpected. That’s the first image up there, too. This is the title the pioneering indie dev are working on now that their procedural heist game, Subversion, has been put on hold.

We’ll be speaking to Chris soon to get some more details.