It’s been kicking around on Xbox stores for some six years already, more on other formats, but Prison Architect has managed to keep fresh thanks to the plethora of new DLC packs and expansions which have been integrated into the game. Paradox Interactive and Double Eleven show no sign of slowing down on that front either, fleshing things out some more with the Prison Architect Undead Expansion.
Rolling out to Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, PS5 and PC versions of Prison Architect today, the Undead expansion arrives in game just in time for the spooky season, as Halloween looks to get its claws into us.
Undead is the eighth expansion for the game, and much as you would expect, it’s the spookiest yet as it introduces a new objective – to survive.
Priced around 2.99 USD / 2.09 GBP / 2.99 EUR, Prison Architect: Undead will have the undead rising from the ground, infecting any who they may bite. With this in mind, inmates and guards alike will need to work together in order to make it out alive.
Surviving is the main goal, but much like anything Prison Architect related, there’s more to enjoy. See, the undead are a relentless old bunch and can spread quickly through prison populations. Placing a Graveyard Quick Room adds a bit of spooky flair to your compound, but it’ll also mean you need to be ready to deal with the Undead hordes it spawns. If you can’t manage the outbreak effectively, your prisoners become infected and increase the size of the horde.
You’ll possibly need to call in extra help from bounty hunters or make use of everything at your disposal as a weapon. Just do whatever it takes to keep your inmates alive. Further to that, Undead also introduces the “Undead Overlay” option in the Settings menu, letting players add a layer of darkness and suspense to the creepy content update.
“Just in time for spooky season, Undead adds a mix of survival and horror to Prison Architect that will put Wardens’ management skills to the test,” says Gaz Wright, Game Director on Prison Architect at Double Eleven. “Grappling with the task of survival is no easy feat, as it introduces an extra layer of complexity and pressure to management gameplay. We hope our community will enjoy Undead just as much as we enjoyed creating it!”
Want some key features? The following will be present in Undead, as well as in Escape Mode…
- Welcome the Graveyard – this brand-new Quick Room satisfies your inmates’ needs for Freedom and Comfort, making them feel calmer for 12 hours. Be mindful when you add gravestones though, as they will easily interrupt this peaceful atmosphere…
- The rise of the dead – in Undead, no one is safe. And there are many ways to become infected. One inmate can get sick, some others can be bitten by an unfriendly undead, or again a bunch of infected inmates can rise (aka spawn) directly from the Graveyard. Wardens have no power over the Infected units, they will move and act independently in the prison until stopped. Inmates and guards can try and fight them off, but if they fail, they will join the deadly bunch!
- Who you gonna call? Bounty Hunters! – when things go south (because they will) and your prison can’t hold off the outbreak, call the Bounty Hunter Emergency Service: tough, trained bounty hunters will join your fight against the undead.
- New traps, techniques, and weapons – desperate times call for desperate (and creative) measures. Use Undead chum to lure the undead, build a walled-off area and lock them inside, or steal that glorious chainsaw you’ve been eyeing for a while: everything is allowed to fight off the horde.
But there’s more and alongside the arrival of Undead comes a free update in the form of The Kickstand. Adding in new additions and improvements to Prison Architect, you’ll find a couple of new dogs in place – Corgis and Siberian Huskies – three quickrooms in the form of Security, Kennel and Parole, and will be able to local cameras and ensure that your guards use monitors as a priority.
In order to enjoy everything that Prison Architect has to offer, especially in the form of the Undead expansion and The Kickstand free love, you’ll need a copy of the base game to hand. It’s available on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, PS5 and PC. The Xbox Store link is right here.