Last year, we reported that RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 had hit iOS devices for the first time. Well, get your roller coaster designing cap on once again, because Atari has announced that RollerCoaster Tycoon World is available now on Steam Early Access – and this time, you’ll have more freedom than ever to make the creations you want. Players can purchase the game at retail, on any website offering the game, or on Steam. As the first PC version of the RollerCoaster Tycoon franchise in more than a decade, RollerCoaster Tycoon World incorporates next-generation features in an attempt to enhance the theme park simulation experience. Between an advanced coaster building system, an innovative approach to the management simulation, and native user-generated content (UGC) tools – Atari promises that RollerCoaster Tycoon World gives players “complete freedom to create what they want” while bringing advanced functionality that will hopefully allow players to experience RollerCoaster Tycoon in a completely fun, new way.
The game is being released through Steam Early Access. We’ve been told that before playing, users will need to download the update from Steam to make sure they play the latest version of the game. The game apparently has all the features to play and enjoy a fruitful experience, and the developers tell us that it will benefit from free content updates and features that will be driven by the feedback of the community. Atari has also announced a roadmap of additional features. If you are looking for more info on the game, check out the Steam page here.
Participants will reportedly help shape the final details of RollerCoaster Tycoon World and provide input for the game to evolve. Fans can expect a number of additions, optimizations, and enhancements to be released during and after the Early Access period, such as Dark Rides, Transport Rides, and Piece-by-Piece Custom Built Structures.
“The RollerCoaster Tycoon franchise is beloved by millions of fans worldwide, which is something we take very seriously. After careful consideration, the decision to go through the Steam Early Access program was made to ensure that we can get RollerCoaster Tycoon World in the hands of the dedicated fans that have followed us throughout the development process as soon as possible,” says Fred Chesnais of Atari. “We look forward to working with our community and those new to the series on how we can make RollerCoaster Tycoon World the best theme park simulation game possible.”
Key Features available with the Early Access launch of RollerCoaster Tycoon World:
- Genre-Redefining Coaster Builder: Spline-based, 3D track editor allows for the creation of the most creative freeform coasters imaginable. Easily manipulate the track to build the tamest to most puke-inducing coasters by creating loops, banks, corkscrews, inversions and more. Players have the power to test roller coasters before opening the ride to guests to ensure it meets the physics standards required to stay on the track, or the coaster might just jump the rails.
- Responsive Environments & Guests: Themed zones can be created throughout a player’s park, with various themed rides and objects affecting how much guests enjoy the experience. Sci-fi, Western, and Adventure are just a few themes that will impact not only ratings, but increase the area’s attractiveness to certain peeps.
- UGC Functionality: For the first time, modding capabilities are integrated directly into the game. Native support of Steam Workshop allows for customer scenery, 3D objects, blueprinted coasters, parks, and more to be imported into the game and seamlessly shared from within the game. The UGC tools have been designed to be accessible and easy to use for everyone.
“Our realistic approach to the graphics and gameplay, combined with several next-gen updates is breathing new life into a franchise that has stood the test of time,” says Matthew Labunka, Executive Producer of RollerCoaster Tycoon World. “This is just the start for RollerCoaster Tycoon World, as we look to the future of the title and how we continue delivering a fun, immersive experience. Opening up the game to UGC natively allows for unlimited creativity and expansion for years to come both for us and the community.”
RollerCoaster Tycoon is a series of video games that simulate amusement park management. Each game in the series challenges players with open-ended amusement park management and development, and allowing players to construct and customize their own unique roller coasters.
SOURCE: Press Release