Prison Architect Free Expansion Cleared for Transfer, Announced for PC, Launches May 14

Prison Architect

Paradox Interactive have announced a free expansion for Prison Architect, dubbed “Cleared for Transfer,” granting players more control over their prisons.

As detailed in the press release, the expansion “introduces layers of complexity to inmate management,” including assigning privileges to a security sector, incentivizing prisoner behavior, and giving players more control over their facilities.

Paradox Interactive’s Product Manager for Prison Architect Steacy McIlwham explained how the demand for the expansion’s features came about.

Prison Architect players have been asking for more ways to manage inmates and customize prison security. The folks at Double Eleven have done an incredible job at listening to the community and incorporating player feedback into the game since we partnered with them last year. With the Cleared for Transfer expansion, we wanted to take things further and introduce features that will let even the most veteran Wardens flex their management muscles.”

You can find the full rundown on the expansion’s Key Features (via the press release) below.

  • Prisoner Transfers: Prisoners can now transfer between security sectors of your prison. Requirements for transfer to a lower-security sector are entirely up to you.
  • Special Privileges:  Privileges can be assigned based on the security sector, giving your prisoners a motivation to transfer. Prisoners in high security areas are able to see the privileges given to lower security sectors.
  • Room Grading: You can now grade other rooms, such as yards, classrooms, common rooms, and a new gymnasium.
  • Custom Security Sectors: Create areas with custom security sectors that can include prisoners from different security levels.
  • New Actions and Enhancements: You can initiate actions like shakedowns, tunnel searches, and lockdowns by security sector.

The Cleared for Transfer expansion launches May 14th on Windows PC, Linux, and Mac, for free. A release date for the expansion on consoles has not been announced at this time.

In addition, Paradox Interactive have announced they have “taken over publishing responsibilities” on consoles from Double Eleven (also the game’s developers as of 2019). This means that “they can now leverage Paradox’s publishing experience to bring future expansions to all Prison Architect players across PC and consoles.”

You can find the full rundown on the base game (via Steam) below.

Editor’s Note: The abrupt end to the game’s description is as it appears on the Steam page.

Build and Manage A Maximum Security Prison.

Build and manage a Maximum Security Prison. As the sun casts it’s early morning rays on a beautiful patch of countryside the clock starts ticking. You’ve got to crack on and build a holding cell to detain the job­ lot of maximum security prisoners that are trundling to your future prison on their yellow bus. As your workmen lay the last brick you don’t have a moment to let them rest as they need to get started on the first proper cell block so you can make room for the next prisoner intake. Once they’ve all got a place to lay their weary heads the fun can really start.

You’ll need a canteen, infirmary and a guard room, oh, and don’t forget to plumb in a toilet, or things will get messy, but what about a workout area? Or solitary confinement cells? Or an execution chamber?

Inspired by Dungeon Keeper, Dwarf Fortress and Theme Hospital and with over 1 million players having spent time inside, Prison Architect is the world’s best lock-­em-­up.

Story Mode

Prison Architect opens with the story of Edward, a man facing the electric chair for committing a crime of passion. This is followed by four additional chapters focusing on different characters and aspects of prison life. From Mafia Dons to power-crazed senators, Prison Architect has them all! To bring these characters to life, Introversion teamed up with award winning professional writer Chris Hastings, producing an enthralling tale of corruption and human misery set against the background of the modern prison industrial complex.

Escape Mode

Finished your supermax? Got guard dogs roving every corridor and prisoners eating out of your hand? Now you can live the horror by firing up escape mode and play as a prisoner hell-bent on getting the hell out of dodge.

Dig a tunnel, go for the armoury or start a riot and slip out in the chaos, it’s entirely up to you! Figure out how to escape from your own creation, or hit the random button and load one of the 12,000 prisons created by the steam co

Prison Architect is available on Windows PC, Linux, Mac (all via GOG, Paradox Store, and Steam), Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Android, and iOS.

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