Publisher Paradox Interactive and developer Double Eleven have just announced Prison Architect 2, the sequel to the popular management/building simulation game. Unlike the original Prison Architect, this new title will be launching on consoles day and date with the PC version, and it's heading to PS5 on 26th March, 2024.

This series, as the name implies, has you constructing and managing your very own prison. Not only are you in charge of the prison's layout and features, you're also responsible for its inmates. How you approach the game is up to you, and there are a lot of options at your disposal. You'll need to work to ensure your establishment is safe, secure, and has means for prisoners to look after and improve themselves.

In another major change from the first entry, Prison Architect 2 moves the gameplay from top-down 2D to a fully three-dimensional environment. You can see some snippets of gameplay footage in the announcement trailer above.

Boasting "deeper simulation, greater player control, an inhabitant behaviour system and creative options", the sequel aims to offer "the next level in management gameplay", according to game director Gareth Wright. He continues: "A greater degree of player freedom, impactful choices, and inmate simulation come together to provide an enhanced presentation of prison management, in a 3D world. Staple and much-loved features return to manage your inmates, quell riots, prevent escapes, and share your prisons, but now cross-platform! In addition to a new upgrade system, a new Career Mode, and more.”

Prison Architect 2 of course allows you to build your prison from the ground up, but a combination of new tools, smarter inmates (each with their own plans), and more choices and options will make this a much more expansive game.

Again, it's hitting PS5 on 26th March, priced at $39.99/£34.99. Are you looking forward to this one? Dig your way into the comments section below.