RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 rolling out

Development on the third installment of Atari's amusement park sim franchise is already under way.

While everyone likes roller coasters, apparently Atari has a special fondness for them. Today the publisher announced that it will release a third installment in its RollerCoaster Tycoon series. The game is scheduled for a holiday 2004 release for the PC.

Unlike its forebears, RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 will have fully realized 3D graphics, so players can pan the game view around their carnival creations. It will also feature a "coaster cam" that will plunk players into the front seat of the various adrenaline-inducing rides.

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 will be developed by Frontier Developments, with Chris Sawyer, co-creator of the first two RCTs, acting as a consultant. Since it debuted in 1999, the RollerCoaster Tycoon series has sold more than 7 million units worldwide. GameSpot will have more details on RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 as they become available.

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