Paradox acquires Prison Architect IP from Introversion

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Paradox Architect has acquired the indie game Prison Architect from its original developer Introversion Software.

The crowdfunded prison-building sim won a BAFTA Award in 2016 for Best Persistent Game, but Mark Morris, co-founder of Introversion Software, said: “We’ve taken Prison Architect just about as far as we can. Prison Architect has been an intensely rewarding project for us. 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. We’re all eager to see where a team like Paradox can take it next.”

Paradox Interactive announced that the deal includes “All rights and assets for the Prison Architect IP” on “All current and any future platforms, including Windows, MacOS, and Linux PCs, and Switch, Xbox and PlayStation consoles”. Paradox Interactive was already involved with Prison Architect, publishing the game on iOS and Android.

Ebba Ljungerud, Paradox Interactive’s CEO, said: “Ever since our partnership with Introversion in 2017, the Paradox team has felt that Prison Architect is a natural fit for our catalogue. 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.”

For further Prison Architect-related news, keep an eye on Paradox Interactive’s website.