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News video games 15 May 2024, 04:55

author: Jacob Blazewicz

Prison Architect Devs Didn’t Get Along With Paradox Interactive and Abandoned Work on Sequel; It's All About Money

Studio Double Eleven is parting ways with the Prison Architect series. The developer and Paradox Interactive failed to agree on „a commercial agreement that worked for everyone”.

Source: Kokku Games / Paradox Interactive.

The devs of Prison Architect 2 are no longer working on sequel. After 9 years of developing the series, Double Eleven studio parted ways with Paradox Interactive. The team said goodbye to fans in a separate post published on X.

The continuation of Prison Architect 2 will be finished by Kokku studio, which has been the co-creator of PA 2 since last fall (August, according to DE's post). The team will carry out the "plan" outlined in one of the recent posts on the game's Steam page and will consistently release additional developer diaries providing information about the project's future.

As we read in the announcement from Paradox Interactive on Steam, the reason for parting ways with Double Eleven was that "it wasn't possible to find a commercial agreement that would be satisfactory for both parties." The studio's declaration specifies that this didn't allow for the determination of the conditions of an agreement that could ensure the game's development after its release.

No further details were revealed on this matter, although players immediately assumed that it was about financial issues. This is one of the reasons why some fans didn't take well to the news about Double Eleven's breakup with the Prison Architect series (via Reddit).

Interestingly, many PA fans don't complain about this change. It's worth mentioning that Double Eleven isn't the original creator of the series. Introversion Software studio kickstarted the brand's existence by selling the rights to the Paradox series in 2019. Judging by the comments of some Internet users, Prison Architect fans weren't at all delighted with the changes introduced by Double Eleven (including devs' approach to DLC; via Steam).

Nonetheless, many players have concerns about what the ultimate change of developer means for the future of Prison Architect 2. Especially considering the recent issues with Paradox titles, and especially following the recent delay in the premiere (once again). The game will be released on September 3rd on PC, PS5, and XSX/S.

Jacob Blazewicz

Jacob Blazewicz

Graduated with a master's degree in Polish Studies from the University of Warsaw with a thesis dedicated to this very subject. Started his adventure with in 2015, writing in the Newsroom and later also in the film and technology sections (also contributed to the Encyclopedia). Interested in video games (and not only video games) for years. He began with platform games and, to this day, remains a big fan of them (including Metroidvania). Also shows interest in card games (including paper), fighting games, soulslikes, and basically everything about games as such. Marvels at pixelated characters from games dating back to the time of the Game Boy (if not older).


Prison Architect 2

Prison Architect 2