Introversion’s (Defcon, Darwinia, Uplink) next project, the top-down prison building title Prison Architect could arrive in some form as early as September. The current plan from the developers is to run a sort of ‘paid alpha’ period, where interested players can pay a reduced fee to get the game early. It’s the same system that was used by Minecraft and the original Mount & Blade.
The current schedule puts that first alpha release “half way through/two thirds through of this year, so maybe September time”, according to Introversion’s Chris Delay. After that, alpha members would get a new update every three or four weeks. A full ‘version 1.0’ could emerge around early 2013.
Meanwhile, a first look trailer for the game has been released, which you can watch below. The game seems like it has a classic Bullfrog (Theme Hospital, Theme Park) vibe. I especially like the floaty people (the art is being done by Ryan Sumo, the same guy who worked on SpaceChem).

Paul Younger
Founder and Editor of PC Invasion. Founder of the world's first gaming cafe and Veteran PC gamer of over 22 years.

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