BEVERLY, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 2, 2004--The wait for RollerCoaster TycoonÃ‚Â® fans everywhere is finally over! Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR - News) announced that RollerCoaster TycoonÃ‚Â® 3, the highly-anticipated next addition to the best-selling RollerCoaster Tycoon franchise, is available at retail stores nationwide today. The game will be available in territories outside the U.S. on November 5th.
"The success of the RollerCoaster Tycoon franchise has been phenomenal because the games have always been embraced by people of all ages and skill levels," said Nancy MacIntyre, vice president of marketing for Atari, Inc. "The ability to ride the rides and the addition of many other new features in RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 will excite fans of the series and new customers alike."
RollerCoaster Tycoon is the #1 Tycoon series with over eight million units sold life-to-date worldwide*. The franchise created and developed by Chris Sawyer, debuted in March 1999 with the launch of RollerCoaster Tycoon and immediately shot to the top of the PC charts where it stayed until late October. Quickly embraced by casual players and gamers alike, a second game, RollerCoaster TycoonÃ‚Â® 2, followed in 2002. In addition, each game was followed by two successful expansion packs.
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3, developed by Frontier Developments, Ltd. of Cambridge, England, is a complete update for the franchise with stunning 3D graphics and the ability to see the park from the eyes of a guest and ride all the rides with the new CoasterCam(TM) feature. The game features amazing crowd scenes with enhanced park guests and characters, over 170 rides including new-to-the-franchise roller coaster types, realistic day and night cycles with superb lighting effects, extensive still-picture and movie-making capability to allow players to share the fruits of their creativity, a Sandbox Mode and many other new features which build upon the fun and addictive nature of the original games.
In addition, a new Fireworks MixMaster(TM) lets players create pyrotechnic masterpieces and synchronize them to music using pre-set in-game songs or selections from their own music files. And, as with all the other customizable elements like exchanging rides and people, in RollerCoaster Tycoon 3, players will be able to trade firework shows with other players. In addition, RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 will also include the ability to assign music from the player's own library to rides in the park, import roller coaster designs from previous games in the franchise, and features various weather effects.
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 is rated 'E' for Everyone and is currently available at retail stores nationwide for a suggested price of $39.99. Additional information about the features of the new game, videos, screenshots, character art, franchise history and other assets can also be found on the official site, www.atari.com/rollercoastertycoon.
About Frontier Developments, Ltd.
Frontier and its founder, David Braben, have a long association with Chris Sawyer going back to 1987, when Chris first worked on PC versions of the famous "Elite" and "Virus" games. Frontier has for many years used its own cutting-edge 3D game engine on both PC and console titles. The company has a strong track record of creating both innovative 'own-IP' games and original high-quality titles that give a faithful treatment of existing brands. The company's most recent two console games gathered three prestigious BAFTA (The British Academy of Film and Television Arts) nominations between them ("Wallace & Gromit in Project Zoo" on PlayStationÃ‚Â®2, Xbox, GameCube and PC, based on Aardman Animations Ltd.'s multiple OscarÃ‚Â®-winning duo; and the novel, award-winning "Dog's Life" published by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe on PlayStationÃ‚Â®2). Frontier employs approximately 70 people, and has offices in Cambridge and Ely in the UK.
New York-based Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR - News) develops interactive games for all platforms and is one of the largest third-party publishers of interactive entertainment software in the U.S. The Company's 1,000+ titles include hard-core, genre-defining games such as DRIV3R(TM), Enter the Matrix(TM), Neverwinter Nights(TM), Stuntman(TM), Test DriveÃ‚Â®, UnrealÃ‚Â® Tournament 2004, and UnrealÃ‚Â® Championship; and mass-market and children's games such as Backyard Sports(TM), Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues(TM) and Dora the Explorer(TM), CivilizationÃ‚Â®, Dragon Ball ZÃ‚Â® and RollerCoaster TycoonÃ‚Â®. Atari, Inc. is a majority-owned subsidiary of France-based Infogrames Entertainment SA (Euronext 5257), the largest interactive games publisher in Europe. For more information, visit www.atari.com.