Out of the Straitjacket
Paradox Interactive announced that Prison Architect is getting the formerly console-exclusive Psych Ward DLC on PC on November 21st. The updated version coming to PC is titled Psych Ward: Warden's Edition. This is the first DLC for PC for the management game, after Paradox bought the rights to Prison Architect earlier this year, and Double Eleven took over developing from Introversion some time later. Psych Ward brings new prisoner traits, facilities, scenarios and more, all at a 5.99 USD price, with the Warden's Edition having some new content over the original DLC release on consoles. Paradox and Double Eleven also have plans for another major paid expansion coming next year, with more details to be revealed at a future date. Psych Ward: Warden's Edition launches on PC on November 21st.
The major features coming as a part of Psych Ward: Warden's Edition is as follows:
- Criminally insane prisoners, with their own needs and unpredictable behaviors wardens must respond to
- New psychiatrists and orderlies in order to manage and otherwise corral the insane or unruly prisoners
- New Psychiatrist's Office and consultation programs provides new counseling sessions, and upgrade the offices with new furniture
- New behaviors for all inmates, if ignored inmates can develop negative qualities
- Managing inmates aggressively can lead to them becoming criminally insane
- New padded cells, walls and other furniture can be used to decorate your prison
- New contraband can be smuggled by prisoners, or stolen by players in Escape mode
You can also get your first look at the new expansion coming next year, which hints towards legendary prison Alcatraz:
In our review of the PlayStation 4 port, we found the simulator to perform admirably, even after making the jump over from PC. As far as building simulators go, Prison Architect hit before the rush of games like Two Point Hospital, Project Highrise, or Cities: Skylines. Still, the next update looks to add more depth to a game that could use a little more variety, and Paradox is known for continually supporting their games well after release. Psych Ward: Warden's Edition is set to hit PCs next month.
How do you feel about new DLC coming to Prison Architect? Any new content you'd like to see added into Prison Architect, free or otherwise? Let us know in the comments below!