First Teaser of Prison Architect Sneaks Out

By: Alehkhs

On: November 30th, 2011

As part of their ongoing “treasure hunt,” indie studio Introversion Software has given us a brief-yet-tantalizing teaser of their IGF entry and upcoming release, Prison Architect.

One thing I’m really loving is the art style, which is a colorful departure from the studio’s prior titles’ retro wire-frame feel. As a fan of both Introversion’s previous releases and the Dwarf Fortress-esque vibe of community management I get from this teaser, I’m eagerly looking forward to more footage and information as it’s passed to us through the bars.

  • Swanson

    Fascinating yet somehow disquieting, too. I can’t wait.

  • Christian Knudsen

    So, SimPrison?

  • Simon Langdon

    Nope, Theme Prison!

  • Christian Knudsen

    Now I just want someone to make SimTheme…

  • Guest

    Yes! This looks great. My first impression was sad that there wasn’t multiple levels/floors like proper prisons.. But then we’d probably have to suffer the same clunky up/down mechanics of Dwarf Fortress (Which I love).

    Hopefully there’ll be enough interesting events and requirements to keep it busy and interesting.

    Can’t wait.

  • Anon

    As it’s Introversion, I imagine it’s going to have some social commentary. DEFCON was quite powerful.

  • Hanskigold

    I think this game is a nice partner

  • News

    powerful as an Mk-54

  • Michaël Lievens

    Oh my !

    This is so good !!
    I’m really into those kind of gestion game. This one looks pretty neat.

  • Karl Nyborg

    Well, the ideas came from visiting Alcatraz and then talking to a former prison guard on a long taxi ride. You can be sure that it’ll say something.

  • Guest

    On their blog they quote Dungeon Keeper, Dwarf Fortress and everything made by Bullfrog as their inspirations.



    All the right names.

  • Pita

    Want to play this nowwwwww.

  • Anonymous

    And they’ve got the artist from SpaceChem on board. I can’t wait.

  • Guest


  • Guest

    Urist aborts showering, was interrupted.

  • devhochi

    hyped a lot

  • TheLonelyMoose

    does it have an actuall release date yet?

  • Arucard

    I believe a blog is to be set up here:, but from what I can find the only info is 2012.

  • Info

    Bit bummed that they didn’t do something using the same art -style as in the Subversion trailers though perhaps that’d end up playing a bit similar to “Frozen Synapse”. Bring on “Prisoner: The MMO” with real players & the developers play the guards. Eh eh.

    Virtual Playground : Prison Tycoon 1 – 4
    — Chuan

  • Murray Lorden

    Pretty quirky concept!  Looks cute, and unsettling at the same time.

    Indie Game Developer