Prison Architect made its debut in 2015, and since then, received numerous updates and content for players to enjoy. One of the most significant updates came in 2018, adding multiplayer to the title. Now, the title is due for a content-filled expansion, Island Bound.
Island Bound adds more buildings, security options, construction opportunities, and prison customization for players to mess around with and create their ultimate prison. Not only that, you will finally have the ability to build island compounds without the need for direct road access. This brings us to the new modes of transportation coming to Prison Architect with the expansion, especially ferry and helicopter transport options.
Understandably, this means you can deploy Air Firefighters, Elite Ops Teams, and Air Paramedics during times of need, which adds to the security and restrictions you can apply on your prisons. At the same time, it gives inmates an opportunity to sneak illegal objects to aid their big escape plans. Finally, the expansion gives you the chance to run one of the world’s most famous prison with two premade maps: Alcatraz Prison and Alcatraz Island.
Product Manager, Steacy McIlwham, expressed her excitement to finally reveal Island Bound to the world following their tease during last year's iteration of PDXCON. The expansion marks the first for Prison Architect following Paradox Interactive's purchase of the IP.
We originally teased Island Bound at PDXCON last year and our players have been speculating about what we’ve been creating ever since. Island Bound is our first all-original, full-fledged, content expansion for Prison Architect since Paradox purchased the IP in 2019
Additionally, today Prison Architect received the Cleared for Transfer free expansion and The Bucket update, which add several new elements to the game for players to explore. The most noticeable addition is the transfer system, where you get to move inmates among security sectors of your prison.
Of course, you will get to choose the level of restrictions and criteria for transfer of each sector, and this will incentivize prisoners to behave well if they wish to go to a more relaxed part of the prison. All the requests will have to go through you first, and it is your decision to approve or deny the transfer request if the prisoner doesn't meet the criteria.
As for the Bucket update, it brings a new Gymnasium room for players to train in, alongside new staff control and custom security sectors. It adds more building tools to use when laying out your prison, including walls, signs, and floors. For more information on what both these updates bring to Prison Architect, check their full changelong here.
Prison Architect: Island Bound expansion releases on June 11 for PC and consoles. Make sure to check out the official reveal trailer of the downloadable content for an overview of the changes and additions coming to the game.
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