Prison Architect is doing quite well, now that new preorder numbers have been released. Introversion announced that over a million dollars in preorders has been raised to help fund thegame's development. This comes by selling access as a paid alpha, with a minimum price of $30. So far, over 30,000 people have decided to take the plunge on the prison building strategic sim.
Recently, the game went into alpha 6, with some new features debuting in this build. One of the standout features is the new risk category labeling for prisoners.Since in real life as in virtual prison, you wouldn't necessarily want certain prisoner classes mixing. So now the game estimates risk category and puts the prisoners in different colored jumpsuits to distinguish them. But this system isn't going to be, or intended to be, perfect. Thus, each prisoner is given a history.
"It is this criminal history that forms the basis of the automatic classification: A conviction of murder will get a prisoner categorised as maximum security, whereas a conviction for fraud may result in minimum security. You can't believe everything you read and we also show a plea, so a Prisoner who has been convicted of Murder may have pleaded Not-guilty and may, in fact, by innocent of the crime. This poor soul would pose no threat, and a miscarriage of justice has caused him to be surrounded by thugs and murderers - he would rapidly become a target and if you don't notice, may up slumped in the corner of a shower with a shank sticking out of his liver. "
That would be unfortunate indeed. Looks like Prison Architect is shaping up to offer a more varied experience for players with the new classification system.