BEVERLY, Mass., Feb. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR - News) announced today that a wet, wild and totally soaked new expansion pack to RollerCoaster Tycoon(R) 3 will ride into stores this June. RollerCoaster Tycoon(R) 3: Soaked!, the first expansion pack to RollerCoaster Tycoon 3, one of the biggest PC games of 2004, will let players create and control their own water parks for the first time.
"With nearly nine million units sold life-to-date worldwide*, RollerCoaster Tycoon is the #1 Tycoon franchise," said John Billington, Senior Brand Manager for Atari, Inc. "RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Soaked! builds on that success by bringing an entirely new summer fun experience to owners of RollerCoaster Tycoon 3, allowing players to thrill their park guests with intense water rides, new coasters, aquatic animal shows, and, of course, tons of interactive water."
With RollerCoaster Tycoon(R) 3: Soaked! the park guests will catch rays and ride the waves on more than fifty new rides and coasters including super- splash flume rides, massive water slides, wave pools and more. Players will also be able to create aquatic spectaculars with performing dolphins, killer whale shows and customizable aquariums as well as design dazzling laser light water shows and synch them to music with the H20 MixMaster. A new Swimming Pool Designer and Waterfall Designer will let players add hundreds of new park enhancements to create the ultimate summer fun experience as well as other new features that extend and enhance the original game.
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Soaked! is being developed by Frontier Developments, Ltd. of Cambridge, England, in conjunction with Chris Sawyer, the creator and sole developer of RollerCoaster Tycoon, and will be introduced in June for the PC. Additional information about the franchise is available at http://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 PlayStation(R)2, Xbox, GameCube and PC, based on Aardman Animations Ltd.'s multiple Oscar(R)-winning duo; and the novel, award-winning "Dog's Life" published by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe on PlayStation(R)2). Frontier employs approximately 80 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 Drive(R), Unreal(R) Tournament 2004, and Unreal(R) Championship; and mass-market and children's games such as Backyard Sports(TM), Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues(TM) and Dora the Explorer(TM), Dragon Ball Z(R) and RollerCoaster Tycoon(R). Atari, Inc. is a majority-owned subsidiary of France-based Infogrames Entertainment SA (Euronext - ISIN: FR- 0000052573), the largest interactive games publisher in Europe. For more information, visit http://www.atari.com.
* Close to seven million units in the U.S. through December 2004 according to The NPD Group, Inc.
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