Introversion Software, the makers of Prison Architect, have been making a video series about all the prototypes they’ve created and scrapped over the past several years. This month’s prototype is ‘Minecraft Factory’ or ‘Voxel Factory’, an attempt in 2017 to make a Factorio-like game out of Minecraft-style blocks. You can watch a video where they demonstrate the prototype and why they binned the idea – and then you can buy and play it, if you like, with all the money going to charity. Read more
Another prototype available to buy for charity
At the beginning of December, the developers of Prison Architect started a “Fail Masterclass”. It’s a monthly video series in which Introversion’s Chris Delay and Mark Morris show a game they tried to make and explain the reasons why that project was cancelled. You can then donate money to the charity War Child in order to play all the abandoned prototypes for yourself. Last month’s game was Order Of Magnitude, a space game about building a interplanetary colony. This month’s game is Spacebots, a, uh, space game about building things – only this time you do it using programmable robots….
Every developer, I reckon, has a dusty folder of abandoned, cancelled or otherwise lost projects. Hell, I’ve even got a few lurking on my desktop myself. While these unfortunate prototypes rarely see the light of day, Prison Architect creators Introversion have begun releasing their doomed prototypes, bringing them out one-by-one as part of a new YouTube series to raise money for conflict charity War Child. (more…)