RollerCoaster Tycoon World Announced for PC, Has No Microtransactions

Atari launching the game in early 2015 as a "full premium PC experience."

Atari has announced RollerCoaster Tycoon World, the next entry in the long-running and beloved amusement park simulation series. Launching in early 2015 for PC, the game includes a new track builder, more rides, and new cooperative multiplayer, in addition to a classic single-player mode.

"Many of the new features in RollerCoaster Tycoon World were not possible a few years ago, but we have taken advantage of technological improvements to offer a wildly fun gaming experience that stays true to the storied franchise," Atari CEO Fred Chesnais said in a statement.

"This is the game fans have been asking for," he added.

In RollerCoaster Tycoon World, like past entries in the series, you design an amusement park and determine what rides, attractions, and shops should be featured. New to the series for RollerCoaster Tycoon World is a mode where you can visit other player-created parks, and a new co-op option will let up to four players collaborate on the design for a single park.

The game is in development at Pipeworks (Zumba Fitness) and is scheduled to launch early next year as a "full premium PC experience, giving fans the ability to enjoy a micro-transaction free amusement park."

The RollerCoaster Tycoon series has sold millions of copies worldwide to date, Atari says. The most recent entry was this year's RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile for iOS devices. According to Atari, the game has achieved "superior app download rankings," though a specific download number was not shared.

Are you looking forward to RollerCoaster Tycoon World? Let us know in the comments below!

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Discussion

85 comments
pwc2
pwc2

I really hope it's like RCT3, but even better.

blackothh
blackothh

Im still playing RCT2 to this day. They have a lot of work to do to make a better game then RCT2. Just moving from 2D to 3D alone is a huge negative to overcome for me.

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

I'll definitely wait until after release and for reviews and some let's play hands on impressions first because that developer (Pipeworls) has done nothing noteworthy yet and on their homepage in the "Services" section they mention their own cloud services, live analytics and such and this makes me think they'll have their own proprietary servers for multiplayer and sharing instead of just using Steam's services and Workshop.


Them not showing any gameplay at all so short before release is pretty worrying too and gives the impression they have something to hide - and not in a good way.


We'll see, but I'm definitely not going to preorder anything or get my hopes up before they start talking and showing facts and actual gameplay.

vackillers
vackillers

I see a lot of people upset about how Atari had to announce it doesn't have MTs, and while I totally agree with you that its a sad state that publishers now have to announce such things but lets not all forget about that actual announcement itself that it DOESNT have MTs. I'm just relieved more then anything that RCT:W doesn't have any MTs because this means we will be getting a full game at launch now and I'm more then okay paying 50-60$ for a full product then paying 30 and then the bits and pieces left out costing me $10 a pop which add up to a lot more then 60$ and then timed releases for that content anyway.


So lets not share too much hate, lets just be glad the game is going to be MT free. We all spread the hate on RCT facebook page about the mobile version having MTs and so forth, so when they announced RCT:W doesn't, we can't bitch about that either really, lets be happy it doesn't and leave it at that. Leave the psycho analysis about the state of the industry for another day peeps.

urall
urall

yaaay! my faviourite title!

Wolfking685
Wolfking685

hope you  get to walk around your park in this one

Unholy123
Unholy123

"full premium PC experience."
 
Hmm really... is THAT what were gonna call "THE NORMAL PC EXPERIENCE" from now on?

Is there going to be fanfare and parade for them to come out and say "were not going to bend you over the nearest pay gate and..." you get my drift...

I mean good on them, but good grief what does that tell you about the state of gaming that even though they say "hey were not going to milk you this way..." 

and all I think is "great how are you going to try and nickle n dime me now?"

Stepn2myworld
Stepn2myworld

It is a shame when you have to announce that a game contains no microtransactions. That is okay the because the pre-planned DLC is taking it place. In the DLC, expect to see things like new roller coasters, rides, and food stands.

drybones41
drybones41

Hopefully they don't screw up since the RCT games are probably one of my favorite games ever. The mobile game itself was a slap in the face so i'm rather skeptic.

Now I have the urge to play RCT2 right now.

koospetoors
koospetoors

The gaming industry has gotten pretty messed up if a standard full price game is now considered "premium" and its actually newsworthy for a game not to have microtransactions....

fengor_og
fengor_og

"Full, premium PC experience"


Stop, hold the f'ing phone. "Premium"? Are you f'ing serious? A game that's full price, and doesn't have microtransactions shoved into it is now considered a "premium" product? Great, it's nice to know that we've finally hit that particular low.

saturatedbutter
saturatedbutter

Tycoon games aren't really a thing anymore are they? They were like a 90s thing. There used to be lots of tycoon games then it became uncool.

w1418826
w1418826

Really only played rct3 and I loved it, loved building the best coasters around the best scenery it was rough putting roofs on buildings sometimes but it was always an accomplishment I hope it's not dumbed down too much but is user friendly

third_twin
third_twin

I was expecting the trailer to say "The best things in life... are not free to play"

VegasAceVII
VegasAceVII

If it looks anything like that trailer, they got my money.  I have been waiting for this series to return.  I am pumped for this one!

NbAlIvEr10000
NbAlIvEr10000

If its absolutely NOTHING like the shotty mobile game they just released then I might get into it.  RCT2 was the best they ever released and 3 wasn't far off.

DrKill09
DrKill09

No need.  We have No Limits 2 and Theme Park Studio.

PhoenixRush
PhoenixRush

I want to believe, but I can't right now. After the last two installments on 3DS and now mobile, I have very little faith that this series will return to form. But at least the original 3 will always be great.

ECH71
ECH71

Ah, fond memories of Rollercoaster Tycoon 1.


I do admit however, I'd get a lot more excited over a new Transport Tycoon game.

Lytnin
Lytnin

If I can't half create a rollercoaster and launch a full train of screaming people into the park to their death like in RCT1 then I don't want it.

saturatedbutter
saturatedbutter

Basically they pushed back the launch and changed the name because fans were furious at the RCT4 game released on mobile and announced for PC.

This will likely be terrible.

DanGleeSack
DanGleeSack

Please be good.. A roller coaster tycoon 3 with updated graphics and some better free build options and 3D would be wonderful.

catsimboy
catsimboy

Hopefully by "World" they don't mean they're making it something like SimCity's regions so I have to import carnival food and export my mascots because the map is so small.

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

SWEET!  I'm so down for a new Rollercoaster Tycoon game, if it's got a similar vibe and ability to customize as the older titles, I'll be buying it new, guaranteed.

Collectonian
Collectonian

If it will run on my PC, I'll probably pick it up.  Been awhile since I've played but sounds like a really good update.

UFOLoche
UFOLoche

So..no microtransactions, holy crap, that's amazing!  That's, like, 95% of all the other games out there!


Man, gotta hand it to Atari, they know how to appeal to idiots..

Tranula
Tranula

this looks cooooooool

Sonic4545
Sonic4545

@bloody-hell Sorry to say but after being burned time and time again I no longer pre-order anything.


Waiting and seeing is the only wise action to take.

tranceology3
tranceology3

@Unholy123 Totally agree with you. It's sad that micro-transactions are now the norm in the gaming industry, and to go back to a traditional "Full Premium PC Experience" is somehow now praised and rejoiced by gamers. It's as if they purposely created an annoying feature, and then remove it, making us think it's this unique new game model. I do hope other game developers follow this, but I hope it doesn't catch on as a special bonus feature...as if it makes their game stand out more than others, when it should have just been that way from the beginning. 

inthepastxx
inthepastxx

@Stepn2myworld Are you poor? I'm confused, are you bashing the game or not?  I've come to understand the only people who complain about micro-transactions or having to buy DLC content are people who are young and parents wont keep buying them stuff for their game or people who shouldn't be buying games to start with because their budget doesn't allow for it.

tranceology3
tranceology3

@saturatedbutter Not saying the game is good, but it's 2014 and Zoo Tycoon was released for both Xboxes. So yea, I think Tycoon games are still alive. 

Zloth2
Zloth2

@VegasAceVII  The only place they show in-game graphics are on the 28th and 29th second of the trailer.  Basically, it looks like the early 1990's.

saturatedbutter
saturatedbutter

@NbAlIvEr10000 I never understand this common belief RCT fans have. What was wrong with 3? It had all the great stuff the previous 2 had and more features and was 3D.

Zloth2
Zloth2

@RabidBurp  Long, long ago.  Now the name just gets bought and sold.

keeper262
keeper262

@saturatedbutter Perhaps but at least they recognized the problem and have changed their development strategy, only time will tell if they will succeed.

keeper262
keeper262

@catsimboy They did say a "classic single-player mode." so I would assume a good single player experience will be present.

Stepn2myworld
Stepn2myworld

@inthepastxx @Stepn2myworld My level of wealth is not the issue. My stance represents the state of gaming when a publisher/developer announces that a game contains no microtransactions. Obviously, microtransactions have a negative viewpoints attached to them. 


In this world, I am free to be as cynical as I like about any announcement a publisher makes. I expect that Atari will announce its DLC plans for RollerCoaster Tycoon before the game is released. Translation: There is content we are leaving out the game so we can sell it to you later.

While it isn't important to me, you may find that many agree with my take. All you have do discuss the game franchise they care about, whether it is EA/The Sims, 2K Sports/NBA 2K, Activision/Call of Duty. 

Since you criticizing my criticism of pre-planned DLC that isn't announced, do you buy all DLC offered regardless of the circumstances of that DLC? Have you never complained about an issue that was important to you as a consumer? Are you fan of every practice publishers engage in? I assume the answer to these are NOT a resounding yes, I would suggest that you present an argument that isn't based on information you can't possibly have - the financial means of anybody who buys games. 




grenadehh
grenadehh

@Zloth2 @VegasAceVII That wasn't 90's graphics bro. That was full 3D, may not have been super impressive but still better than RCT3.

deadpen
deadpen

@Zloth2 @VegasAceVII Yea the only thing that looked good was the sun glare. This looks like it plays on the PS2. The maps better be 10 times larger than the last one, sadly there wasn't anything new looking about it.

vackillers
vackillers

@saturatedbutter @NbAlIvEr10000 I'm with you on that RCT3 was by far one of the best games that came out of the RCT series as a whole, the graphics enhancements by switching to 3D are still awesome even now as well as all the other features that came with it, it just has terrible terrible lag when you hit late game when you're park is filled with guests.


I loved the original RCTs they were a big chunk of my life back when they were released and their respected expansions but 3 is the only game I ever go back to. Isometric view is so old now we need to move away from that because its just simply so restrictive and not just the viewpoints. If you want isomentric views and old style RCT go play the mobile version. The new RCT needs to be innovative and new, fresh, polished, with something that really makes it stand apart from the series and competing against Them Park Studio you really need to go 3D and being able to do things you couldn't do before.


Full 3D engine is the only real experience to make a park "feel" alive, this isn't the 90s anymore and we should embrace a better experience, not have the same experience over and over again, we have RCT1 and 1 for those, otherwise whats the point in making a new one if you just want the same stuff?

saturatedbutter
saturatedbutter

@keeper262 Changing strategy this late into development? They're not giving themselves a whole lot of time to change. Here's what they had to say when the mobile game released:

"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."


Now it's early 2015 instead of holiday 2014. 2-3 months. They aren't reinventing it. With that time frame they're only going to be making slight changes. They're probably changing their marketing strategy more than the game.

Collectonian
Collectonian

@Zloth2 @Collectonian I thought 4 was made for phones.  This RT World is, presumably, a different game - and since they mentioned doing things "not possible a few years ago", I wondered if it would have high spec requirements.


My PC is old :-)