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Prison Architect Alpha 24 new modding system and confidential informants

The latest alpha #build of Prison Architect (#Linux, Mac and Windows PC) was published on Friday morning, just under one month after Alpha 23 went live, and the latest build of Introversion Software‘s prison construction and management #simulator offers some pretty substantial changes for the Prison Architect community to dig through.

Prison Architect Alpha 24 has been published by Introversion Software, introducing both confidential informants and a substantially improved modding system to the popular prison construction and management sim. While not an especially long list of changes, especially compared to patch notes for previous Prison Architect alpha builds, the game’s newest features offer some significant changes for regular Prison Architect players to adjust to.

Would-be wardens will now have the option of recruiting confidential informants among their inmates, typically by offering leniency in lieu of punishment for wrongdoing. The ability to recruit “snitches” gives the Prison Architect community a new way to keep an eye on the flow of contraband in your prison, and lets you know which prisoner(s) might cause trouble for you in the near future.

The Prison Architect team also drastically overhauled the game’s existing modding systems, giving players a surprising amount of freedom to customize their Prison Architect gameplay experience. The new modding tools allow players to change everything from the basic attributes of their inmates to the items and rooms that can be purchased/built at your correctional facility.

Those looking to alter the Prison Architect experience can even create new research trees for the game, along with new materials, reform programs, work rules and more. Meaning longtime Prison Architect fans can probably expect to see a substantial increase in the number of mods available for download in the Steam Workshop.

Here’s the complete change log for Prison Architect Alpha 24:

Mod System V2

The modding system has been substantially upgraded.

It is now possible to create new versions of just about everything in a mod:

  • – Objects / Entities
  • – Rooms / Zones
  • – Equipment / tools / weapons
  • – Materials
  • – Research / Bureaucracy
  • – Emergency Callouts (eg Riot Police)
  • – Reform Programs
  • – Grants (The only area you could add new content previously)
  • – Jobs (eg tend these vegetables)
  • – Needs, and Need Providers (eg “Bladder” is a need, “Toilet” is a need provider)
  • – Production/Work rules (eg Move sheet metal to the workshop, load it into the Saw, cut it into license plates)

Custom graphics can be provided by data/sprites.png. (Please keep your sprites.png as small/compact as possible – so we can load more mods at once). We currently only support a single graphics patch at a time, however we will upgrade this for next alpha

All objects can use an optional LUA script to drive their behaviour

We have created a sample Mod called “The amazing vegetable garden mod”, which demonstrates many of the new features. It adds a new Vegetable Patch, in which seeds can be planted. These seeds are tended by prisoners, and eventually grow and can be harvested as vegetables. Those veg are then taken to a (new) Vegetable Preparation Table in the kitchen, where they are chopped into ingredients. Those ingredients are then used for cooking meals within your prison.

More information can be found here:

  • – Prison Architect Wiki
  • – Official Modding Forums

Confidential Informants

Prisoners can sometimes be hired as Confidential Informants, and will provide insight into illicit activity within your prison. Prisoners *might* be willing to become CIs in exchange for being released from a long stint in Solitary. In addition, suffering Withdrawal symtoms from drug abuse, or suppressed from heavy handed treatment will help convince them. Once recruited, CIs must be “activated” and will be escorted in cuffs to the nearest security office.

They will then reveal their information in the new “Informants” view under “Contraband”. They will reveal:

  • – All contraband owned by prisoners
  • – All contraband being smuggled in (eg by delivery trucks)
  • – All arranged throw-ins, ie near the outer walls
  • – All escape tunnels

Prisoners who have been in your prison for longer will have more information for you.

Each time you activate a CI, or act on their information, suspicion in that CI will increase.

If their suspicion rises too high, their life may be in danger.

Remote Access systems continued

  • – Servos can now be set to ‘Close on trigger’, which means they will close their door when triggered instead of opening it.
  • – Power Switches can now be turned on and off by an incoming wire connection
  • – New object : Pressure pad. Activates when stepped on
  • – New object : Status light. Lights up when activated
  • – Rendering speed of all wires increased
  • – Performance of logic gates much increased (helps with large circuits)
  • – Wires are now rendered only when an object is selected, or “All Wires” is selected in the Utilities menu.

Contraband thrown over walls is now less likely (minimum distance between throws now 15, previously 10)

Historical Contraband now pruned to 7 days maximum.

  • – This hugely reduces memory requirements and save game file size, and will also help performance in very long running maps.

Theft of spoons and forks from the Canteen was becoming excessive. The canteen is no longer a source of spoons or forks.

When multiple objects are in a single square, you can now cycle between them by pressing TAB

Fixed : Broken materials will now be dumped, so they can no longer block things from working.

Eg ‘Broken’ uniforms are never used, but also never replaced

Cleaning Cupboard rooms now require the Cleaning research to be completed

Trees now arrive in packs of 10 (saplings in plant pots), ready for planting (instead of one tree in a single crate)

What do you think of the changes implemented in Prison Architect Alpha 24? Already have an idea for a mod that you think would improve the overall Prison Architect experience? Looking forward to seeing what sort of content the Prison Architect community creates?

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