Prison Architect is now available on Steam! As part of Valve’s brand new “Early Access” alpha scheme, Prison Architect and a handful of other great games currently in development can now be purchased and played via Steam. We think this makes a ton of sense - paid alpha is a fantastic business model for small indie game developers, but until now we had to completely finish the game before Steam would consider listing it. This makes sense for the big commercial games, but Indies can be in alpha for years - part of what makes indie games so exciting is the open development process with tons of major updates over a long period of time. Here at Introversion we are delighted to see Valve opening up the Steam service to Indies that are playing that game. Three cheers from Introversion!
Our promise: Everyone who has ever bought Prison Architect from us and everyone who buys from our website in future will also get the game on Steam. If you buy the game on Steam you get all the same access to our development community - the private forums, the wiki, and the bug database. Steam customers can even download the standalone builds from our website if they want. A single purchase anywhere gets you Windows, Mac OSX and (eventually) Linux versions (Steam AND standalone), you can install on as many computers as you like, and we will NEVER require you to be online to play. In the wake of recent outrageous mistreatment at the hands of some big publishers who really should know better, we think it’s important to state where we stand on that. You get everything, on every platform, whenever you want it.
Existing customers: To access your free Steam Product key, you need to find your original purchase receipt we emailed to you when you bought the game. Click on the URL in that email and you’ll find your file downloads, and your Steam Product key will be in there. Then in Steam go to “Games” and “Activate a Product on Steam”. If you have any problems with this at all please email firstname.lastname@example.org
and we will do our best to sort it for you.
Steam users: To activate your community account, first ensure you have an Introversion forum acccount, then grab the key you see in Steam on startup and paste it in on our registration page here:
To coincide with all this excitement, today we launched the eighth update to our Prison Architect alpha.
Download it from our website: www.prison-architect.com/builds.html
(Use your forum username and password to access the builds page)
Here is our video demonstrating the changes: