RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile out now, PC version to be introduced holiday 2014

Atari says PC version will have cooperative gameplay and “even more social features.”

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RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile is now available to download from the iTunes App Store.

It costs $3, but also uses familiar free-to-play monetization methods. The game comes pre-loaded with more than $5 of in-game currency, which you can use for in-app purchases. For example, buying the game’s premium currency, tickets, allows you to speed up construction times on rollercoasters and other buildings, which later in the game can take hours to build. When you run out of the complimentary $5 you can buy more tickets with real money.

For those who are still waiting for a new PC version of the game, Atari said that a multiplayer RollerCoaster Tycoon for PC offering cooperative gameplay and “even more social features” is in production and will be introduced holiday 2014.

Based on the RollerCoaster Tycoon theme park building simulation franchise, RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile is published by Atari and designed by mobile app startup On5. It comes with 20 pre-designed coasters and a “bevy” of other park attractions. As with the old RollerCoaster Tycoon games, you can also design and customize your own rides.

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

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abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

This is representative of the whole games industry now. Blatant mass market cash grabs that arent really games anymore. Its why I dont play many games anymore maybe the very rare skyrim or gta 5 but its just a sea of garbage now

abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

The mobile games like simpsons or dungeon keeper are the worst games I ever played. So much potential buried under the blatant cash grab which ruins the whole flow of the game. Thats what this will be. Mobile is an empty wasteland of garbage for games at least

deadkandy
deadkandy

Just upgrade RCT2 to today's graphic and CPU standards. We don't want any of this forced to play with others crap like SimCity5 did.

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

This...Is...Terrible...  RIP RCT :'(


We'll always have the fist 3 though!  They'll always be great!

superdupahorn
superdupahorn

 Another game ruined by micrortransactions (which the best value $125 dollar package of tickets, for this you could buy all of the old games and their expansions when they were new 6 times over for that price) Exactly the same happened with dungeon keeper. Its wrong on so many levels that you have to buy the game upfront then pay for in-app purchases to stop waiting times either make the game p2p then everything is instantaneous or make it f2p but make waiting times bearable and don't choke the game with micro transactions, this is such a money grab.


Atari I'm rating this one star, additional stars can be purchased at $50 each

KungfuKitten
KungfuKitten

Please correct the sentence: "Based on the RollerCoaster Tycoon theme park building simulation franchise, --"
I don't see how it is 'based' on that franchise outside of a name and thematic setting.
Maybe it should be: "Debasing the Rollercoaster Tycoon theme park building simulation franchise, --"

blackothh
blackothh

WTF!? Nobody asked for this!!!  I dont want social in my gaming, has nobody learned how much of a disaster you can make out of a building game? AKA Sim City?


They will never beat RCT2

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Dug this series out of its grave so they could bury it again.


Disgusting.

drybones41
drybones41

"Atari said that a multiplayer RollerCoaster Tycoon for PC offering cooperative gameplay and “even more social features” is in production and will be introduced holiday 2014."

It's doomed... Back to RCT2 then!

BabeNewelll
BabeNewelll

Another mobile scam why am I not surprised, Buyer Beware.

FajitaEata
FajitaEata

I am glad other companies are recognizing Sim City as the perfect model of success that it is and are designing their games with that blue print. Hopefully this new RTC will force me to always be connected to the internet too because that will save me time when I go to purchase micro transactions.

BrokenChaos666
BrokenChaos666

I hope the PC version isn't like the mobile version. I absolutely hate it when games make you wait 12 real life hours for something to happen. Ridiculous. I want a traditional Roller Coaster Tycoon. ):

Also, no micro-transactions in the PC version. If that's the backbone of the game, I'll keep my money.

Stebsis
Stebsis

GOG has RCT 1-3 on sale 60% off still for almost 24 hours, buy one of those instead of wasting money on this.

Frequenxy
Frequenxy

"Eh..." to the mobile version. Looking forward to the PC version!

macaque12
macaque12

I was so happy when I read about a new RCT game, I've lost count of how many times I've played this series, and now I read this... piece of crap news. Why everything must go social and multiplayer?! We see all our long-time companion series just dying and becoming a stupid mobile/multiplayer focused games, it's like a desease. Well, guess there's no more place for "old gamers".

tranceology3
tranceology3

Im so excited for this. I LOVE IN-APP PURCHASES! I can't wait to just speed up the game with my money. It's so much more fun than actually building a strategy, and taking my time planning how I want to design my park like the traditional RCT. In fact, I would rather just pay someone to the play the game for me....that would be ever better!

dark_rage864
dark_rage864

Atari: "Rollercoaster Tycoon 4 PC will be totally different"


Just announced = Roller Coaster Tycoon 4 Facebook Edition


Yeah totally different... -_-

sirchick
sirchick

I played RCT to get away from social stuff, I used to shut my bedroom door, play the game for hours - all to myself, peaceful, stress free, now they throw in what i don't want.......Chris Sawyer really was a genius when he made this Franchise, but a total idiot when he sold out to Atari for 3rd version at the same time. 


As soon as a company touched it - it went completely tits up. RCT3 was only saved by the modding community...

Redblaze27
Redblaze27

All you had to do was make an HD sprite Roller Coaster Tycoon!!!

If the PC version is not a title I can buy on steam, features free-to-play garbage or requires an internet connection to play then I am not touching it ever, probably not touching the rest of the series if they move forward either.

deth420
deth420

“even more social features.”


Alright! way to ruin another game series...

befo72
befo72

This is the single most depressing article I've read on this site in some time. 


Curse you mobile gaming, I hate everything about you and your kind. When BS like "social features" starts leaking across into non-mobile and non-Facebook platforms and destroying beloved series like Sim City and RCT it's time for you to go the way of the dodo.

GatorMan
GatorMan

The PC version will have "even more social features." Does this mean they're turning a single player franchise into a forced-multiplayer online-only franchise, a-la sim-city? I'm sure that will go well...

catsimboy
catsimboy

It's like the industry is regressing back to being quarter munching arcade cabinets but replacing brutal difficulty with excessive tedium.

gajbutler
gajbutler

Always IOS... no one has an iPhone any more, release the fucking games on Android.

thorn3000
thorn3000

again a mobile thing? what is up with all these mobiles, who even plays mobile games?
 and also, who even wants social features in their games anyway?

sheehanm1989
sheehanm1989

Please wait 2 hours to place your straight track on your own created coaster, 2 hours later it's in the wrong direction. Delete track and place it in the correct direction (please wait another 2 hours). Hmm think I'll pass on this rubbish.

Pewbert
Pewbert

Microtransactions are a gaming companies new best friend. I have no idea how it got so popular so quickly.

Zidaneski
Zidaneski

Was about to buy for 3$ but then read there are still microtransactions. Ugh, sell the game $20 bucks or something up front but please take out the microtransactions!

slickr
slickr

I don't want "social features" on my PC game, which is just a code word for DRM forcing you to spend real money to progress through the game, I just want really solid theme park simulator that doesn't have DRM on it and bullshit mobile crap tacked on it.

unban_porygon
unban_porygon

"For example, buying the game’s premium currency, tickets, allows you to speed up construction times on rollercoasters and other buildings, which later in the game can take hours to build. When you run out of the complimentary $5 you can buy more tickets with real money."

Yeah, fuck you too Atari for this bullshit ...

Stebsis
Stebsis

"Can take hours to build" and there goes my interest. When I want to play a game I want to play that game, not the waiting game

R4gn4r0k
R4gn4r0k

No, I'm no longer waiting for the PC version. I gave up all hope for this series after seeing what they have done to it.


Atari has no clue what people want, instead they add microtransactions and social features. PC version will be a mobile game on a big screen.

MaXiMuS2oo9
MaXiMuS2oo9

I guarantee this will be the most simplified streamlined version of RollerCoaster Tycoon yet..

amaneuvering
amaneuvering

Is this made by the same guys that made Theme Park and if not isn't this just Theme Park?

It still looks cool though.

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

what is with publishers and "social" features nowadays huh?! I have seen many beloved franchises getting ruined by the so called "social experience". That darned cancer has spread all over the place. Partialy I blame facebook. All this social networking mumbo jumbo created a misconception amongst publishers and developers. They think that because fb is so popular they can shoehorn "social" features into games to make them more appealing to the "social" croud(god make them social).

theoldgods666
theoldgods666

Can't wait to download the homebrew version of this and just adjust the currency for myself. 

DrKill09
DrKill09

Ahem... I DO NOT WANT SOCIAL FEATURES, I WANT A WORTHY SUCCESSOR TO ROLLERCOASTER TYCOON 3, YOU STUPID, STUPID, FUCKERS!

sethschroeder07
sethschroeder07

Would have paid like $10 for a real game, micro transactions and clash of clans type of "free to play" I will skip and they get $0

Spartan-1657
Spartan-1657

Oh thank god they confirmed the real version will have "even more social features". That's definitely what I always thought was missing from this franchise.

Fuck this

demondogx
demondogx

Part 2/69 of your rollercoaster will finish in 20hours, BUT we offer u the great deal for 10 shit coins you can finish part 2/69 instantly

khuzko
khuzko

This is a huge flying leap backwards. Either way.

Lattata
Lattata

This is a huge flying leap backwards. Either way.

lion2447
lion2447

Terrible update to an old franchise.  Why do all these game have to force social features.  I liked how the old tycoon game was.  Also, can they not just introduce the "full" game along side the $3 game so we don't have to buy every piece of roller coaster?  My guess is that the straight pieces for the roller coasters are included, but you need to buy the curved pieces separately.

khuzko
khuzko

PCs suck - release it for the PlayStation4 Super Computer & Entertainment System.

DrKill09
DrKill09

@Spartan-1657  Yeah, don't they realize that simulation games like this are the most antisocial of all game genres?


RCT is a series I play by myself in my room late at night with no distractions.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Sony trolls make me not want to buy a PS4.