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Sep 12, 2022

Free for Life is a FREE DLC for Prison Architect brings quality of life improvements, longevity, and ranks to PC and Xbox today


From Press Release:

STOCKHOLM — September 12 — Today, Paradox Interactive and Double Eleven announced and launched Prison Architect: Free for Life, a free update available to all Prison Architect players on PC and Xbox One. The first in a series of content launches, Free for Life vastly improves the quality of life for Prison Architect players with improvements to the Scheduler, Guard Ranks, and Inmate Aging. Paradox also revealed that the hit prison management simulator’s popularity has continued to rise since taking over the IP in January 2019, seeing drastic increases in active players and expansion units sold.

Prison Architect: Free for Life makes life better for Wardens, aiming to implement the community’s feedback and focusing on the most requested features so players can spend more time managing their compound rather than navigating menus. Prison Architect owners can download the Free for Life update on Steam, Epic Games Store, and Xbox One (it will be released on PS4 soon!).

Paradox has continued to see Prison Architect’s popularity soar through the publisher’s ongoing support, content updates, and expansions since acquiring the IP in 2019.

Prison Architect by the numbers, since January 2019:

  • More than 1.3MM expansion units sold
  • 60% increase in monthly active users
  • 1.5MM base game units sold

We are constantly learning to improve our players’ gaming experience, and we committed to the release of this free update to thank everyone who has been supporting Prison Architect,” said Sandra Neudinger, Vice President of Business at Paradox Interactive. “This game is one of the cornerstones within PDX management segment, and has helped us build the foundation for a strong and attractive management game portfolio that I’m sure will keep engaging our players”.

‘Free for Life’ Key Features:

  • Prisoner Log and improved Scheduler
    Always be aware of what’s happening in your prison with the new Prisoner Log. Check your inmates’ activities, uncover misconducts ahead of time and keep track of who gets released, reformed, or reoffended. We also improved the game’s Scheduler, adding new options and settings in the palm of your hand.
  • Save and Reuse
    Whenever you create a new prison, a new policy, or a quick build, you’ll be able to save them in your Preferences. Save time setting up your prison next time you wish to start afresh.
  • Aging is caring
    Now inmates are divided into Young, Senior and Elderly. After spending an extended period of time in your prison, they will change both visually and functionally. They will also develop different needs compared to younger inmates.
  • New Guards ranks
    Hired guards will now arrive at your prison unranked and will need to work hard to get promoted to Officer and Specialist Officer. Their commitment will be paid off though, as each increase in rank will provide additional perks.
  • Improved building and planning tools
    The planning menu is getting renewed with lots of new options for fences and walls. Moreover, when “drawing” your walls and using construction options, you’ll see a new cursor-based tooltip stating the horizontal and vertical dimensions of the room, along with the planned cost for the currently drawn selection.

For more information on Free for Life, Prison Architect, and Paradox Interactive, visit the website.