LYON, FRANCE â€“ 20 October 2005 â€“ Life is about to get a bit more wild as Atari announced today that developer Frontier has completed development on RollerCoaster TycoonÂ® 3: Wild!, an adventure-filled expansion pack for the highly-successful RollerCoaster TycoonÂ® 3. Scheduled to ship to retail across Europe on November 4 for the Windows platform, RollerCoaster TycoonÂ® 3: Wild! invites tycoons of all ages to create and manage a safari-themed adventure park that features thrilling new rides as well as many different animal species to manage. According to the NPD Group, RollerCoaster Tycoon is the top-selling tycoon franchise, having sold nearly nine million units life-to-date worldwide.
"RollerCoaster TycoonÂ® 3: Wild! is an incredible addition to the RollerCoaster Tycoon family," said Matt Collins, Director of Global Brand Management. "With a balance of animal management and extreme coasters, as well as heightened business opportunities and entertainment options galore, RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Wild! will quench the thirst of RollerCoaster Tycoon fans."
RollerCoaster TycoonÂ® 3: Wild! retains the focus that has made the franchise so enduringly popular. Requiring RollerCoasterÂ® Tycoon 3 to play, the game encourages players to increase their parks' cash flow through new attractions such as baby animals, new shops and billboards. RollerCoaster TycoonÂ® 3: Wild! includes customizable animal shows, cutting-edge and classic theme park rides, and a slew of characters including a VIP, an animal keeper staff member and the tiger mascot â€“ an old RollerCoaster Tycoon favorite. Players can now recreate their favorite safari-style theme parks, with elephant rides and the Paddle-Steam Cruiser, and choreograph animal shows using the RollerCoaster Tycoon MixMasterTM.
RollerCoaster TycoonÂ® 3: Wild! was created by Frontier Developments, Ltd. in conjunction with Chris Sawyer, the creator and sole developer of RollerCoaster Tycoon. 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 recent console games gathered three prestigious BAFTA (The British Academy of Film and Television Arts) nominations as well as other awards and Frontier's latest on PlayStationÂ®2 computer entertainment system and XboxÂ® video game and entertainment system games based on the hit Aardman Animations / DreamWorks movie "Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-rabbit" has recently launched in the USA and Europe. Frontier employs approximately 90 people, and has offices in Cambridge in the UK.
About Infogrames Entertainment and Atari:
Infogrames Entertainment (IESA), the parent company of the Atari Group, is listed on the Paris Euronext stock exchange (ISIN code: FR-0000052573) and has two principal subsidiaries: Atari Europe, a privately-held company, and Atari, Inc., a United States corporation listed on NASDAQ (ATAR).
The Atari Group is a major international producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment software for all market segments and in all existing game formats (Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony) and on CD-ROM for PC. Its games are sold in more than 60 countries.
The Atari Group's extensive catalogue of popular games is based on original franchises (Driver, Alone in the Dark, V-Rally, Test Drive, Roller Coaster Tycoon, etc.) and international licenses (Matrix, Dragon Ball Z, Dungeons & Dragons, etc.).