Paradox Interactive has acquired Prison Architect, the publisher announced today. Prison Architect is a prison management and construction simulator developed by Introversion Software. The BAFTA award-winning title first debuted as an alpha in 2012, and saw its full release in 2015. Paradox released a statement today announcing their new ownership of the game.
“We’ve worked with Introversion for quite a while. It’s nice to take this to the next level on our end”, says Ebba Ljungerud, CEO at Paradox Interactive. “For us, it fits so perfectly into our management segment, if you will. We have quite a few games … in that style. … It’s a bit quirky and has a few fun surprises. It just takes us a bit further on in that category, which we love.”
Future of Prison Architect
Introversion has passed over development and updates of Prison Architect to Paradox. Ljungerud says that she sees “a lot of potential within and around the IP”. The acquisition of Prison Architect allows Paradox to create more games revolving around the series. The possibility of a mobile game was also considered. Paradox’s complex strategy games are not always a pleasant experience on smaller devices. However, a more casual experience like Prison Architect fits well into the mobile category.
“Prison Architect has been an intensely rewarding project for us,” says Mark Morris, Co-founder of Introversion Software. “I think we’ve taken Prison Architect just about as far as we can, and we’re all eager to see where a team like Paradox can take it next!”
Paradox Interactive is famous for its well-crafted and complex strategy games, so it will be interesting to see what they do with the ‘Architect’ IP. It seems that both parties are happy with the deal, as Mark Morris, co-founder of Introversion Software says that Prison Architect “could’ve been a Paradox game from the start.”