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Prison Architect 2 has been delayed until September due to “unexpected issues”

Prison Architect 2
Image: Paradox Interactive/Double Eleven

It’s already been delayed once, but the release date of Prison Architect 2 has been pushed back again. Supposed to be releasing on 7th May, the prison management sim is now scheduled to land on 3rd September.

Why another delay? Developer Paradox Interactive has stated that unexpected issues have been occurring too often in the finalised build of the game. Going into more details on a blog post, those issues relate to memory usage, and machines with minimum spec configurations are more greatly impacted.

After running a MTBF report (‘mean time between failure’), which essentially entails running the game on various machines until a failure of some sort arises, Paradox found that failures were happening more often than they should be, particularly on devices with minimum specs. A ‘failure’ is classed as one of many things, including a crash, a freeze or any other game-halting issue.

Of course, the developer doesn’t want to release a game in bad shape, and so the delay will allow them to address the problems. “Considering the legacy of Prison Architect […] we want to ship the best possible sequel to such a beloved game, without cutting corners to do so,” the blog post reads.

You can read more about the delay on Paradox Interactive’s official announcement. And a live stream scheduled for April 25th at 3.30pm BST/10.30am EST will provide more details, too.

Editor in chief // Kim's been into video games since playing Dizzy on her brother's Commodore 64 as a nipper. She'll give just about anything a go, but she's got a particular soft spot for indie adventures. If she's not gaming, she'll be building Lego, reading a thriller, watching something spooky or... asleep. She does love to sleep.