RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 fans are about to be in luck. Developer Frontier Developments is set to release the classic tycoon game on PC and Switch this month.
RollerCoaster Tycoon fans have been on quite the roller coaster themselves over the last few years. After the franchise’s third game released in 2004, publisher Atari and developer Frontier Developments have had quite a rocky relationship. Since they split, Atari tried to make a fourth game in the franchise, but it was widely panned. Frontier, meanwhile, developed the much-more successful Planet Coaster. And, while all of this was happening, Frontier was suing Atari for unpaid royalties on RollerCoaster Tycoon 3. Then, in 2018, the game was pulled from Steam and GOG because of “expiring licensing rights.”
That is, quite the saga for one of the better tycoon games ever. Fortunately, it appears that Frontier will soon pull RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 out of the mud, giving new gamers a chance to try out the magic. The devs announced today that they’re bringing the game to Nintendo Switch and PC later this month.
— Frontier (@frontierdev) September 8, 2020
The Complete Edition comes with, as you might expect, all of the original content. That means you’re getting the base game and the Soaked! and Wild! expansions. The graphics have been updated, but they still look pretty chunky. Though really, that’s part of the charm.
If you’ve yet to experience the joy of creating your own amusement park, 16-year-old me would very much like to recommend you check out RollerCoaster Tycoon 3. I played too much of this game as a young adult and can’t wait to get back in there.
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Complete Edition launches on Nintendo Switch and PC on September 24. If you just can’t wait, feel free to check out Planet Coaster on PC. It’s a solid spiritual successor.