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  Pad Those Cells, Paradox Interactive Reveals Psych Ward: Warden’s Edition Expansion for Prison Architect
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BERLIN & STOCKHOLM - Oct 19, 2019 - Paradox Interactive revealed the latest expansion for Prison Architect, Psych Ward: Warden’s Edition, is launching on PC on November 21, 2019 for a suggested retail price of $5.99 / £4.79 / €5.99. While Psych Ward has been available on consoles since 2017, Psych Ward: Warden’s Edition includes additional content not available in Psych Ward’s console release and will launch alongside a free content update to the base game.

Developed by Double Eleven, Psych Ward: Warden’s Edition introduces unpredictable inmates with new behaviors, adds additional management features, and gives players more ways to customize their prisons. Psych Ward: Warden’s Edition expands on Psych Ward’s console features and adds an additional warden, padded solitary cells, padded floors, Psychiatrist office upgrades, Orderly staff, and more.

Psych Ward: Warden’s Edition is built to enhance Prison Architect’s existing gameplay mechanics to give players new and interesting ways to experience the game,” Steacy McIlwham, Product Manager for Prison Architect at Paradox Interactive, said. “Each feature in this expansion brings its own set of scenarios and opportunities that require players to get creative with their prison management. Psych Ward: Warden’s Edition is just the start of our plans for Prison Architect, we have much more in the works that you’ll hear about soon.”

Psych Ward: Warden’s Edition will be the first PC expansion to be released since Paradox purchased the Prison Architect IP and partnered with developer Double Eleven earlier this year.

Psych Ward: Warden’s Edition Key Features:


  • Plead Insanity: Criminally insane inmates are unpredictable, require special care, and have their own Reputation traits for you to consider when building your prison. Let them co-exist with the general population or lock them away in a padded cell, how you manage their needs is up to you!
  • Shrinks: Any prison holding the criminally insane needs a team of Psychiatrists and trained Orderlies to keep everything under control. These valuable prison staff can sedate rowdy prisoners or pull out the straitjackets when things get too rough.
  • Doctor’s Note: Provide counseling to the criminally insane with the new Psychiatrist’s Office and new consultation Programs. Improve their sessions by upgrading the office with leather sofas, medicine cabinets, Rorschach tests, and more.
  • Good Behavior: Your inmates now have a wide range of behaviors players will need to manage. They start out harmless, but if left untreated, they can turn violent or attempt to escape.
  • It’s Gone Viral: Treat your regular inmates with care. Subjecting your inmates to excessive suppression or punishment can cause them to turn criminally insane. 
  • Extra Padding: Psych Ward: Warden’s Edition adds padded cells and padded floors along with a bundle of other new objects, floors, and wall types to customize your prison. Now you can easily build a dedicated wing for the criminally insane.
  • Tools of the Trade: Additional contraband, including Adrenaline Shots, Fountain Pens (Shanks), and Gold Pocket Watches, can be stolen by your prisoners, or by you in Escape Mode.
Paradox and Double Eleven also revealed they have an additional Prison Architect expansion in development that will launch in 2020.

Paradox Interactive acquired all rights and assets for Prison Architect, a BAFTA award-winning prison management simulator, from Introversion Software in January 2019. In June, Paradox announced that Prison Architect had been downloaded by more than 4 million players across PC, console, and mobile since release. The console version of Psych Ward was published by Double Eleven and launched in June 2017 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and in August 2018 on Switch.

Head over to the game’s website to learn more about Prison Architect and Psych Ward: Warden’s Edition here.

About Paradox Interactive

Paradox Interactive is a leading global publisher of strategy games for PC and console. The company has developed and published a world-renowned catalog stretching back to 1999, with players hailing from all around the world.

The publisher’s steadily-growing portfolio includes firmly established franchises such as the critically acclaimed Europa Universalis, Crusader Kings, Hearts of Iron, and Stellaris series created by Paradox Development Studio, the Age of Wonders series created by Triumph Studios, as well as award-winning titles such as Cities: Skylines, Pillars of Eternity, and more from a network of partner studios. Paradox is the owner of the World of Darkness IPs and is publishing Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2.

Paradox’s head offices are located in Stockholm, Sweden. Our development studios are located in Stockholm, Malmö and Umeå, Sweden, in Delft, The Netherlands, in Seattle, Washington, and in Berkeley, California. We share a passion for gaming and gamers, and our goal is to provide deep and challenging games with hours of gameplay and endless variety to our ever-growing community.

For more information, please visit our forums and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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About Double Eleven

Double Eleven Limited is a game developer and publisher with offices in Teesside and Birmingham, United Kingdom. Double Eleven are known as a trusted partner, working with other developer’s IPs, reshaping games for new platforms. Adapted titles include Goat Simulator (PS3/Xbox360/PS4/Xbox One) and Prison Architect (Xbox360/PS4/Xbox One/Switch), which incorporates three original DLC packs. As a highly technical team, Double Eleven have also worked on external titles including the LEGO Harry Potter series (PS4/Xbox One/Switch), Limbo (Vita) and most recently Crackdown 3 (Windows 10).