New RollerCoaster Tycoon revealed, coming to mobiles and PC

Atari announces RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile; launching spring 2014 for $3, PC "experience" coming too.

Atari announced today that the classic amusement park simulation franchise RollerCoaster Tycoon is coming back this spring for mobiles and PC.

The mobile version is appropriately titled RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile and it's coming to iOS devices this spring (there's no word on an Android version). It includes 20 pre-designed coasters and a "bevy" of new attractions and features, Atari said.

RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile lets you create and share your parks and includes Facebook and Game Center support. You'll also be able to visit your friends' parks and exchange roller coaster blueprints, too. The game will sell for $3 at launch.

As for the PC version of RollerCoaster Tycoon, Atari said on Twitter that a "PC experience" is currently in development and will launch this year. Unfortunately, that's all we have to go on right now.

The most recent entry in the core RollerCoaster Tycoon series was 2004's RollerCoaster Tycoon 3.

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142 comments
MigGui
MigGui

ok, I'll fall for your trap. I'll give you $3 for a crappy RCT game, then I'll give you $40 for the good one. but please, GIVE ME THE GOOD ONE!

ECH71
ECH71

Ah, this takes me back. Will be looking forward to this -- hope it'll run on my rapidly aging iPhone 4.

playmynutz
playmynutz

Nice, i think there is a fan base for tycoon

DrKill09
DrKill09

Oh god, please not another cell phone to pc port.  I want a fully fledged next gen pc version, not this crap.


This first one looks better than this.

PinchySkree
PinchySkree

So those red tickets are the pay to win/not wait currency right?


Wait a minute, what if they leave the mobile game as pay to win but strip out all the pay to win crap and release a full PC version?

bigrob007
bigrob007

just once I want to see a great app come out on droid and windows phone, but snub those pretentious iphones

bladexdsl
bladexdsl

been waiting for news on rct 4 for ages hoping it will be bigger and better than rct3..and instead we get this abomination!!!!!!!


what in the hell was atari thinking you don't make a sequel with backwards graphics you make it bigger and better this looks like damn  rct1!!! and no doubt it will be full of micro transactions you can stick it atari!!!!!!!!!

chris sawyer should have NEVER sold the franchise....now it's DEAD 

RIP RCT .........

chippiez
chippiez

I loved using the calipers to drop unhappy guests in the lake and watch them meet their binary maker after struggling to stay afloat for a couple seconds.  MWA HA HA!  DIE, Little BASTARDS!

isv666
isv666

I'm hoping the PC "experience" is a legitimate RCT game and not some lame microtransaction version, which is what the mobile version is looking like.

jackshep24
jackshep24

 damn... those youtube comments. 

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

Dont ruin this Atari! >:(


PSPhoenix13
PSPhoenix13

I was a huge fan of the Roller Coaster Tycoon franchise. In my opinion the first 2 were better than the third; the different animation style and gameplay of the third iteration threw me off a little, but it was still fun. I was excited when I saw the headline on the front page, but after reading the article, watching the video and looking at the screenshot, I am extremely wary of RCT 4. It looks cheesy and looks like a money grab pay-to-play model. 
And where are the physics. Half the roller coasters they show don't even have banked turns! I'll wait until the PC version comes out (no interest in the mobile/facebook version) and I hope its a full fledged game without micro transactions, but first impressions are negative.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

Roller Coaster tycoon 3 platinum is amazing, you can get it on STEAM. The damn AMD GPU drivers right now are screwed for it though. AMD needs to fix it ASAP, its one of my favourite games. Its so much fun, you can ride the rides and everything.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Hmmm PC AND mobile is a little worrying. Though I will keep my eye on it since Roller Coaster Tycoon and Theme Park World are some of the most fun in "strategy" I've ever had.

Halloll
Halloll

your merry go round is taking too long to construct, would you like to pay us money so it finish instantly?

baldeagle91
baldeagle91

This looks like the new Dungeon Keeper all over again......

thereal25
thereal25

If it had occulus rift support - maybe

lostaname
lostaname

I think I'm gonna stick with RCT1&2 despite both being unplayable on Winderp 8. So unless they do some sort of HD remake (preferably without the online part) I'm unlikely to get this.

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

Since I heard about the news that there is a new Rollercoaster Tycoon coming, a sequel to one of my most enjoyed games, every further announcement felt like being on a rollercoaster.

"A new RCT is in development" - YAY - "it's a mobile game" - NOO - "but we're also working on a PC experience" - YAY - wait, what ? "experience" ? - NOO ...


The PC version better be a real damn good standalone development, making use of todays technology and processing power to deliver a truly worthy successor to the franchise, otherwise this will be just another "casual, dumbed down game" disaster.

Since Atari also mentioned something about an "Online experience" I'll remain VERY sceptical until gameplay is shown and more details surface, perhaps they'll even do an AMA on Reddit to answer most pressing questions by long time fans and the community.


For now this will stay on my watchlist but please, pretty please, don't screw this up, Atari - If the plan is to release a simple port or a crappy facebook game or a always online DRM'd microtransaction fuckfest, then don't release it at all, stop development immediately and burn down your office - if you don't, then fans will. (actually this will simply mean that Atari will lose customers and that the franchise ended with RCT3, pretty unspectacular though compared to the alternative reality thought)

LesserAngel
LesserAngel

The PC version better entirely different from the mobile version (I.E. it better be good)

Poodger
Poodger

I'll pick it up for Android someday, assuming you can build your own rollercoasters and not just use prebuilt designs. The PC version will be a day one buy.

mikemaj82
mikemaj82

I used to love the original Rollercoaster Tycoons. The isometric ones were much better than the 3D version. Sucks that they don't release them for Android though. The Galaxy S3 and S4 have bigger screen...you'd think they'd release more games for them.

Moun7ainMan
Moun7ainMan

Kinda looks like a Facebook port. Hopefully its not though. 

dark_rage864
dark_rage864

Hopefully the PC version will be a full fledged game rather than a port to Facebook. One thing that comes positive from this news is that it's called Rollercoaster Tycoon 4 and not just 'Rollercoaster Tycoon', if the PC version has next-gen graphics and everything that made the originals shine then maybe for once we will get a true sequel to a beloved franchise, hoping The Sims 4 will be good too.

MysteryGoat
MysteryGoat

I've always enjoyed RCT. As long as the PC game is a true game I'm all for this.

Gordaton
Gordaton

I like that I can play RCT on the go.


But I hope the PC experience they say is actually a PC experience and NOT a Facebook game!

charliezard
charliezard

This looks seriously awful. And I've always been a huge fan of Rollercoaster Tycoon.

I don't think anyone was asking for a theme-park version of Farmville.

Spartan-1657
Spartan-1657

Just look at the picture, clearly there are micro-transactions. What a shame. Hopeful for the PC version at least, as long as it's a standalone game like the previous entries.

treemasterx
treemasterx

oh cool RollerCoster Tycoon 4.... OMFG KILL IT KILL IT NOW!!! 

keeper262
keeper262

Yay! I hope they do a good job on the one for the PC. I can't wait to see!

rogue81
rogue81

Am I the only one that's thinking the game will end up like this?: "Park rides will take anywhere from 30 minutes to a few days to complete. Or, the player may choose to finish the building process instantly by spending "gems". Recruit your Facebook friends to come to your park to entertain your guests and get more gems!"

macaque12
macaque12

FInally! It's back! and if the PC version would look like the mobile version, than I'm sold. I loved the way RCT1 and RCT2 looked. I've waited so long for this. I'm just missing the next Commandos game.

Figsarefatal
Figsarefatal

The PC experience coming soon, and it will probably bring all the micro-transactions with it. Another one bites the dust ladies and gents. The only way to put gamers at ease is to answer three simple questions. 1. Will there be micro-transactions? 2. Will it be online only with a "social experience"?. 3. Will be Sim Parking Lot levels of dumbed down? If the answer to these three questions is "No", then I will happily look forward to and purchase this game day one.

Daveof89
Daveof89

I have been waiting for RCT 4 for 12 years... RCT 3 was weird, (I still played it a lot, just didn't like it as much) but I LOVED the first two. 


I hope they don't ruin the PC version.

lion2447
lion2447

Hopefully they don't kill the game with micro transactions. They'll let you build the coaster, but it will cost extra to put it in your park. Lol.

GarGx1
GarGx1

If you can ride your roller coasters, Oculus Rift will be a must ;)

NightlyOne
NightlyOne

As a big fan of RCT, this is good news. Also, a big special thanks to you, Atari, for not being dumb enough to limit RCT4 to mobile-only like other game companies appear to be doing with their latest entries.

LesserAngel
LesserAngel

@PinchySkree From what I've seen so far, the PC version would have to be radically different, but if they do that, I could live with it.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

@bloody-hell  the guy who made Roller coaster tycoon 1 , 2 and 3 left though unfortunately and he really gave a sht about making the most amazing theme park game. So who knows. look at the state of Simcity when the original developers leave.

mr_england
mr_england

@bloody-hell  Fingers are crossed that 'online play' means being able to go 1st person and wander around other people's parks. That would be good. That and the existing sharing of track designs, that's all that's needed.

LesserAngel
LesserAngel

Wait a sec, what is it with developers waiting 10 years to release a new game to a beloved franchise, only for it to really, really suck? First SimCity, now this. What's next? Evil Genius? Pirates?... Don't answer that.

JDCAce55
JDCAce55

@rogue81  Replace "gems" with "tickets," and you got it exactly.

Redblaze27
Redblaze27

@NightlyOne I don't mind if RCT4 PC is basically an HD version of the first two games so long as its a real PC version and not some in-browser app.

MigGui
MigGui

@LesserAngel @PinchySkree  I hope they plan on making a REAL roller coaster tycoon 4 for PC, not a $10 port from the mobile with no paywalls and HD graphics

hystavito
hystavito

@Redblaze27 @NightlyOne  Don't forget that even on PC, it could still be designed for microtransactions and/or stupid little DLC addons :).

hystavito
hystavito

@Redblaze27 @hystavito@NightlyOneThat's why I said stupid little DLC :).  Like loads of little things you can add for $5 or whatever, kinda like some of the DLC for SimCity.