Before Frontier Developments became famous for Elite again, they mostly made rollercoaster and zoo tycoon games like RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 and Kinectimals. They haven’t stopped making those, and at E3 have announced… something other than a PC release of Xbox exclusive murdercoaster sim Screamride. That’s what I would’ve liked to hear: that I’d soon be building coasters intended to thrill and/or murder every rider. Oh well!
Still, I’ll make do with what they actually announced. Planet Coaster [official site] is a rollercoaster-building theme park management sim (no, nothing to do with pubs [jokes]) coming in 2016.
And that’s about as much as I know. The blurb on its site says about the same:
“We’re giving you the best-ever design tools, crafting the most sophisticated management simulation, and bringing your parks to life with crowds you’ll love to thrill. Planet Coaster will give you total freedom to make your park unique, and a connected global village where you can share your creativity with the world.”
I imagine this is what became of Coaster Park Tycoon, aye?
I couldn’t tell you whether this trailer is in-engine or uses game assets or what:
Normally I wouldn’t mention pre-order stuff because pre-ordering is kinda guff, but I’ll point out Planet Coaster’s because Frontier have picked up a few weird tricks from Elite’s Kickstarter. £20 would get you a copy of the game and £50 gets you beta access too, which are pretty normal I suppose. Then there are loads of tiers of Kickstarter-y stuff which doesn’t even come with a copy of the game. For £25 you can have a t-shirt, festival band and special forum access, or for £40 you can design and name a group of visitors to appear in-game. £100 lets you become a member of park staff, and for £500 you can make a foundation stone that’ll appear at everyone’s park entrance. Maybe this is the world we live in now.