Atari has announced that iOS and Android versions of the classic PC game RollerCoaster Tycoon are currently in development and are set to be released in 2013. Atari hasn’t yet given specifics about the game’s features, but it can be expected that it will follow the traditional formula of having players build and manage their own theme parks. It is also unknown whether the game will be free-to-play or whether it will require an upfront cost.
This is just one of the games in Atari’s lineup of classic franchises they plan to remake for mobile devices. “We’ve spent this year focused on developing mobile games based on some of Atari’s most iconic and enduring franchises,” said Atari CEO Jim Wilson. Other classic games that have been announced to be in the works include Outlaw, Centipede: Origins, and Atari Casino.
There have been three RollerCoaster Tycoon games released for the PC, with the original having hit shelves in 1999 and RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 being the latest with a release date in 2004. They all received great praise from both reviewers and players. Last week marked the release of RollerCoaster Tycoon 3D for the Nintendo 3DS, which is the first game in the series to be released in eight years. Early reviews have been mostly negative and say the game lacks many key features of the original game.
It will be interesting to see how Atari will adapt the game for touchscreens and if they will be able to please fans of the original game. As long as I’m still able to put a large pit at my park’s exit and have my visitors fall to their doom as they leave, I’ll be happy.