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It’s been a while since we heard anything surrounding Prison Architect, but as we start to approach the sixth anniversary of the game launching on Xbox, the teams at Paradox Interactive and Double Eleven have today revealed – and launched – Prison Architect: Perfect Storm. 

The next expansion for the popular prison management game, we find that Perfect Storm introduces a host of new features and calamities to the base game, like lightning storms, that players will need to manage and overcome – all in order to maintain a high standard of living for their inmates.

Available right now for Prison Architect, Perfect Storm hits Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch and PC, with a suggested retail price of $9.99 USD/ £7.19 GBP/ €9.99 EUR.

If you decide to add the Perfect Storm to your game, then you’ll find that calamities can strike at any moment, lowering happiness and increasing unrest among the inmates. Wardens can train staff, apply for grants, and fortify their compound to control a calamity’s impact on their prison. Players are incentivized to create a clean and safe environment for their inmates through calamity preparation, rewarding Wardens who keep their inmates comfortable. Wardens need to think creatively about solving problems, preventing disaster, and overcoming unexpected challenges.

“The calamities in Perfect Storm challenge players to solve problems in creative ways, often requiring them to think ahead when constructing their compound. We’ve worked hard to respectfully present calamities as fun challenges players can overcome using Prison Architect’s signature management gameplay,” said Gaz Wright, Games Design Manager on Prison Architect at Double Eleven. “Like our past expansions, the calamities are inspired by popular prison fiction seen in shows and films. It’s great if players start thinking about these issues more critically and how they could be solved in the real world.”

The key features of Prison Architect: Perfect Storm include:

  • Riot Before the Storm – “Calamities,” like Deep Freezes, Heatwaves, Rat Infestations, and Lightning Storms can cause structural damage, lower prison ratings, and wreak havoc in the compound.
  • Come Cell or High Water – Pest Control, Plumbers, Repairmen, and Road Maintenance Emergency Services are available for immediate relief from calamities. Electrician, Cold Control, Fire Safety, First Aid Training, and Pest Removal Training allow staff to mitigate damage and keep things running smoothly.
  • Granted Refuge – Grants for Disaster Relief, Heatwaves, Emergency Protocol, Subsidence, Advanced Staff Training and Utility Retrofit Grant fund much-needed preparations to help ride out Calamities. 
  • Raining Rats and Dogs – Check current and forecasted weather conditions, and use weather prediction objects, to stay apprised of any impending disasters.

But that’s not all and launching alongside the Perfect Storm expansion is a free content update for all players – The Tower. This adds in a variety of improvements to Prison Architect including, more foliage, floor types, search dogs, and much more. The Tower also introduces a Non-Lethal Sniper Policy, allowing snipers to fire rubber bullets that knock inmates unconscious, but do not kill. 

You can see how things play out in Prison Architect: Perfect Storm by taking in the trailer below. If you’re sold, get over to the digital store of your choosing and take home the expansion. Just be aware, you’ll need the base game to hand first. If you’re an Xbox player, you’ll find that on the Xbox Store

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