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Paradox Interactive Acquires Prison Architect from Introversion Software

Paradox Interactive Acquires Prison Architect from Introversion Software

It wasn’t something I was expecting. Paradox Interactive has bought other studios before. They acquired BATTLETECH devs, Hairbrained Schemes and Age of Wonders 3 devs, Triumph Studios. But to acquire the IP and only the game, that’s something new.

So news is out that Paradox Interactive has acquired Prison Architect from Introversion Software. Prison Architect is a blend of a management game with a sim. Many reviewers noted the grim nature of the game and it received good reviews… but not excellent.

Prison Architect was one of the first early access games on Steam with a playable alpha available from 2012. It launched in 1.0 in 2015 and has sold quite well for Introversion… some put it at over 2 million copies sold.

It’s clear that from a development standpoint, Introversion must have hit the limit to what they could put in to the game. Especially since they are working on a new unannounced title.

It all makes sense I suppose as Introversion must have felt sales have plateaud and are on their way down. Paradox Interactive now owns all of Prison Architect, which also includes the console versions and mobile versions.

Paradox are looking at this from a much bigger perspective and talked about how they could start a ‘architect’ IP that might be based off many different management type games.

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. We promise to exercise good behavior with this cherished title going forward.
— Ebba Ljungerud, CEO Paradox Interactive

It would be interesting to see what Paradox does with Prison Architect in the short term and how will development duties be handled for new ‘Architect’ games. They’ll probably contract development of new Architect games out to other studios as they’ve promised in the past they won’t dictate the development of games on the new studios they own.


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