New Prison Architect Alpha Build Released (VID)

Introversion Software has released Alpha6 of Prison Architect, the top-down construction and management sim in which players take control of a maximum security prison. Alpha customers can download and play immediately.

This latest alpha introduces some major changes to the game via a new mechanic that assigns every prisoner a risk factor. Designer Chris Delay explains the system on the game’s forums, stating:

“This has been a long term aim for us and better reflects the reality of modern jails where the most dangerous inmates are separated from the gen-pop. There are, however, some subtleties to be aware of.

“As in life, prisoners are sometimes mis-classified and we thought it would be cool to have some doubt about whether a prisoner really is as dangerous as he first seems, or perhaps worse: actually has been housed within the general population, but is a grade A bat-shit lunatic. To achieve this we have implemented an internal “traits” system of which you have no visibility. These traits determine if a prisoner is violent, or murderous, or destructive, or all of the above and more. They determine how the prisoner behaves when he is angry or when a fight breaks out nearby. This system is totally internal and you never get to access it, so the only way to really see whether you have a pussy-cat or a Bane is to watch how they behave.”

Players will have access to a prisoner’s “rap sheet” to see what offenses they’ve been convicted of in the past and whether they plead guilty or innocent in order to help determine a prisoner’s true threat level. Delay went on to say, “This is such a sweeping change that I suspect the whole game will be deeply unbalanced for a while.”

Watch this video demonstrating the key new features of the Alpha:

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