NEW YORK, June 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The summer solstice just got a little brighter as Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR - News) announced today that developer Frontier has completed RollerCoaster TycoonÂ® 3: Soaked!, the first expansion pack for the successful RollerCoaster Tycoon 3Â® franchise. Scheduled to ship to retail outlets nationwide on the longest day of summer, June 21, RollerCoaster TycoonÂ® 3: Soaked! is perfectly timed because the game invites players to create and control their own water parks just as the summer vacation season gets underway.
According to the NPD Group, RollerCoaster Tycoon is the top-selling tycoon franchise, having sold nearly nine million units life-to-date worldwide, and since 1995, becoming the second best selling PC game of all time in the U.S. "With Frontier's creativity and passion, Atari is pleased to continue to support the enormous worldwide RCT fan base with innovative and exciting new content," said Matt Collins, Director of Category Marketing at Atari. "With RollerCoaster TycoonÂ® 3: Soaked! Frontier and Atari have created so much more than just an expansion pack."
RollerCoaster TycoonÂ® 3: Soaked! offers players more than 50 new rides and coasters, many of which are built around a water park theme, including swimming pool complexes, massive water slides, wave pools and amazing interactivity with water, including stirring up swimming pools, firing water cannons at park guests and a brand new interactive water-based coaster called The Roller Soaker! New Swimming Pool and Waterfall Designers will enable players to add hundreds of enhancements and the RCT3 MixMaster has been expanded to allow players to customize dazzling laser light, firework and water shows using the player's own music library.
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Players can also create marine spectaculars with performing dolphins, killer whale shows and custom-designed aquariums. The new tunneling system opens up a whole new set of opportunities, with tunnels both underground and under water. With original coasters, water slides, beaches and more, RollerCoaster TycoonÂ® 3: Soaked! is the ultimate interactive experience for summer fun.
Developed by Frontier Developments Ltd. of Cambridge, England, in conjunction with Chris Sawyer, the creator and developer of RollerCoaster Tycoon, RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Soaked! is for the PC and will ship to retailers on June 21 for $29.99.
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 PlayStationÂ®2, Xbox, GameCube and PC, based on Aardman Animations Ltd.'s multiple OscarÂ®-winning duo; and the novel, award-winning "Dog's Life" published by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe on PlayStationÂ®2). Frontier employs approximately 90 people, and has offices in Cambridge 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 DriveÂ®, UnrealÂ® Tournament 2004, and UnrealÂ® 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 ZÂ® and RollerCoaster TycoonÂ®. 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.