This is the first official blog post and the official announcement of our project called Prisonscape. There are two people currently working on this project: Tuomas, the programmer extraordinaire who has previously worked for the game developer Universomo, and Pekka, who has +10 years of experience, both as a player and a game master, on RPGs such as Cyberpunk 2020 and AD&D.
Prisonscape is an adventure/RPG game in which the main character is sent to jail (and later on to prison) for crimes he actually DID commit. We don’t want to give out the story too much, but initially the character has to stay alive and learn the rules of this harsh place. Inside you have to deal with such things as constant assaults, creating and using weapons, interacting with other prisoners and learning the trade inside the jail. The player can develop his character to be, for example, a strong, tough fighter or an intelligent, charismatic manipulator.
We want to save screenshots from the actual game for later, but here are few pictures from Pekka’s trip to Alcatraz prison in last October.
We had the idea for this project in the spring of 2012 and it has been evolving for a while now. The motivation and inspiration for the game came from various sources – incredibly good TV shows Oz and Wire, classic prison movies and many, many books. We also got a lot of inspiration and ideas from old JRPGs. The idea behind the project is to take the best things from those old games and fit them into a modern world and storyline.
How can we put a new spin on this ancient and fantastic genre? Here are a few things:
- An old genre in a new environment: a violent prison with drugs, shanks, gangs and fights.
- A compelling story with tough moral choices
- Replay value through changing events and different character builds
So, where are we currently? We’re now working on the core features (quest, dialog, battle, inventory systems) and the base graphics of the game. We’re also working on the dialog, NPCs and quests (or jobs as we call ‘em in this game).
As far as platforms go, we will first release Prisonscape on the PC, Mac and Linux.
If you got interested, here are some ways to stay updated on the progress of Prisonscape:
And of course check this blog for weekly updates.
Tuomas & Pekka