Introversion, the UK-based brains behind Uplink, Darwinia, Darwinia+, DEFCON, and Multiwinia, have announced that their latest PC game Prison Architect is now available in Alpha form.
In what appears to be a cross between Minecraft’s development method and Kickstarter-like funding, customers can get access to the alpha right now for a starting price of $30. The differing levels offer more bonuses the higher the level chosen, such as being immortalised as a prisoner or even a warden in the finished game.
Though more expensive than Minecraft’s way of doing things, it was reasoned to Eurogamer.net that they want fewer people who are more involved in the alpha process, rather than people expecting the game to be already finished.
By collecting the money themselves too, they cut out any fees that sites such as Kickstarter may have charged for being a middle-man, so it ensures that all of the money is going directly towards the development of the game.
Rather interestingly, the funding-model already appears to have been a huge success, as Eurogamer reports that as of this morning, the alpha had raised a total of $101,145 in seventy-two hours.
For more information on Prison Architect or to purchase the Alpha, visit the official site at Prison-Architect.com, and follow its official Facebook page (at Facebook.com/pages/Prison-Architect-Introversion-Software/344189658933477).
For more information on Introversion and its previous games, visit Introversion’s official site at Introversion.co.uk, and follow them on Twitter (at @IVSoftware) and YouTube (at YouTube.com/IVSoftware).