Swedish Publisher Paradox Interactive has added a new property to their line up, officially announcing the acquisition of the popular indie simulation game, Prison Architect, from developer Introversion Software for an undisclosed amount.
“Ever since our partnership with Introversion in 2017, the Paradox team has felt that Prison Architect is a natural fit for our catalogue,” said Ebba Ljungerud, CEO of Paradox Interactive. “Just as we’ve done for other management-strategy games like Cities: Skylines and Surviving Mars, I believe the considerable player base of Prison Architect will be excited to see where we can take the game next, and we’re eager to explore development of potential new games based off of the ‘Architect’ IP."
Inspired by classic simulation titles such as Dungeon Keeper and Theme Hospital, Prison Architect has players to design their own maximum security prison from the ground up, creating cell blocks, workout areas, solitary confinement wings and even execution rooms for death row inmates.The game, originally released in 2015, has gone on to be one of the best selling titles by Introversion, which is estimated to have sold over $19 million with over 2 million units sold after the launch of their 'Version 2.0' update in 2016.
Prior to Prison Architect, Introversion has been responsible for numerous popular indie titles, such as Uplink, Darwinia+ and most recently, Scanner Sombre. The developers have announced another game in the works, titled Subversion, but the game has been put indefinitely on hold since 2011.
"Every developer loves seeing their creations come to life, but through Early Access, launch on multiple platforms and over a dozen post-launch content updates, we’ve been building and managing this building-and-management game for nearly a decade," stated Mark Morris, one of the Co-founders 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! This also gives Introversion the chance to work on what we’ve got coming up next -- more on that soon.”
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