The first paid expansion to the hugely popular Prison Architect for PC has been revealed, with Psych Ward: Warden’s Edition coming out on 21st November.
The expansion is priced at $5.99 / £4.79 / €5.99, expanding on the content found in the Psych Ward expansion that can already be found on console – it first came to PS4 and Xbox One in June 2017 and to Switch in August 2018.
As with the rest of the game’s interpretation of incarceration, Psych Ward takes a particularly twee approach to depicting the challenges of handling prisoners with mental health issues. Any prison can house the criminally insane, building wards with padded cells and letting them coexist with other inmates, if you so wish. Actually treating them will require a team of psychiatrists and orderlies to diagnose and administer treatments, but if they go too long without treatment they can become violent. It’s obviously not trying to be an accurate representation, but might be a little too cutesy for a tricky topic.
Steacy McIlwham, Product Manager for Prison Architect at Paradox Interactive, said, “Each feature in this expansion brings its own set of scenarios and opportunities that require players to get creative with their prison management. Psych Ward: Warden’s Edition is just the start of our plans for Prison Architect, we have much more in the works that you’ll hear about soon.”
A second expansion is also in development at Double Eleven, set for release some time in 2020. Here’s the teaser:
Prison Architect famously started life as one of the first real Early Access games to feature on Steam, actually predating the system. It spent several years growing under the stewardship of original developers Introversion, but last year they sold the IP to Paradox Interactive, who then brought in Double Eleven, the developers in charge of the console versions of the game, to continue to update and grow the game.