New York, NY (May 22, 2017) – Atari, one of the world’s most recognized publishers and producers of interactive entertainment, today announced a three-year license extension for RollerCoaster Tycoon through the year 2022. The new deal with the creator, Chris Sawyer, reinforces the strength of the partnership and provides for investment and expansion of the series; the extension also applies to Atari’s ancillary rights to the evergreen franchise. Chris Sawyer and Atari have been working together for almost twenty years and the extension reflects the vitality of their partnership. Since the late 1990’s, Atari has published numerous games based on RollerCoaster Tycoon, one of the best-selling franchises in PC gaming history. From the first deluxe edition to the expansion packs, eachRollerCoaster Tycoon game has built upon the park management simulation foundation while creating new and wild amusement park experiences.
The extension comes on the heels of the recent success of two mobile games, RollerCoaster Tycoon® Classic™ and RollerCoaster Tycoon® Touch™. Released as a premium app on handheld devices in December 2016, RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic combined the best features from two of the most successful and beloved RCT games – RollerCoaster Tycoon and RollerCoaster Tycoon 2. Launched in February 2017, RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch, an advanced 3D, free-to-play mobile game has been downloaded over 6.5 million times and quickly rose to the top of the charts after being featured on the App Store and Google Play.
Atari will continue to provide ongoing support across its RCT titles and the extension will benefit players with additional investment and product development from Atari.
“We are excited to extend our long-term partnership with Chris Sawyer,” said Fred Chesnais, Chief Executive Officer, Atari. “This franchise has been a cornerstone of Atari’s portfolio of games across multiple platforms and moving forward there will be more fun, engaging and enduring experiences to be added to the franchise.”
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