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Atari Has Bought The Rights To Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 For A Cool $7 Million

Another Rollercoaster feather in their cap

Atari has set out to become the ultimate tycoon of Rollercoaster Tycoon games, purchasing the rights to Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 from developer Frontier for a whopping 7 million clams.

It effectively means that Atari will be the sole publisher for the title moving forward.

That isn’t to say that Atari is new to ‘owning’ Rollercoaster Tycoon games – Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 is far from the first game that they have slunk into their portfolio, with other titles under their belt including:

  • Rollercoaster Tycoon Classic
  • Rollercoaster Tycoon 2
  • Rollercoaster Tycoon Deluxe
  • Rollercoaster Tycoon Joyride
  • Rollercoaster Tycoon World
  • Rollercoaster Tycoon Puzzle
  • Rollercoaster Tycoon Touch.

That’s a lot of rollercoasters. In details shared on Eurogamer, it plays into the long and problem filled history that has existed between Atari and Frontier – mostly surrounding how Atari had mismanaged royalty payments to Frontier for RCT3, and a gloriously silly moment where Atari tried to crowdfund a RollerCoaster Tycoon port for the Nintendo Switch, because players love it when monolithic corporations say they need money to make things happen.

For Atari, the ownership of Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 leaves them holding all the gems for their rollercoaster Infinity Gauntlet; but fans might be left a little concerned with what that means for their beloved series moving forward.

To outright steal a gag from Eurogamer’s Editor-in-Chief Tom Phillips – you can personally buy Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 on Steam for a lot less than 7 Million USD, so maybe get in quick before the machinations of Atari shift the rollercoaster space as we know it.

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Are you a Rollercoaster Tycoon? Have you created death traps that fill people with wonder and perhaps high speed injury? Let us know in the comments or on social media.

Shoutouts to Eurogamer.

Written By Ash Wayling

Known throughout the interwebs simply as M0D3Rn, Ash is bad at video games. An old guard gamer who suffers from being generally opinionated, it comes as no surprise that he is both brutally loyal and yet, fiercely whimsical about all things electronic. On occasion will make a youtube video that actually gets views. Follow him on YouTube @Bad at Video Games

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