For as low as $250, you can become an investor in Atari Game Partners’ attempt to bring a Rollercoaster Tycoon game to the Nintendo Switch.
Atari Game Partners is a subsidiary of Atari responsible for making a profit from the brands legendary library of classic IPs. The company’s latest move is to try and bring a brand new version of its old theme park sim Rollercoaster Tycoon to the booming Switch using a crowdfunding site called StartEngine. Unlike Kickstarter, StartEngine is a financial investment platform. People who give Atari Game Partners their money are doing it not to get a copy of the eventual game but rather to get a return on their investment. So far it’s raised $21,200 with 89 days to go.
With buy-ins starting at $250, would-be participants are being promised “pro rata share of 50% of profits” until they make 120% of their investment back, and then 25% of profits for the following 18 months after the game is officially launched. But that’s only if Atari Game Partners raises the two million dollars it’s looking for. The company’s left itself some wiggle room to decrease those pro rata shares if it ends up raising a lower amount by the end of the investment phase.
Who’s the developer you ask? None other than Nvizzio Creations, the studio who put together Rollercoaster Tycoon World, the most recent and incredibly poorly received game in the series. Atari Game Partners mentions the studio’s role in the game in the StartEngine pitch but spends more time focusing on Rollercoaster Tycoon Touch, a spin-off of the series that’s done well on smartphones. The company implies this is the game that will be used as a blueprint for the new Tycoon on Switch and will incorporate different scenarios as well as sandbox and campaign modes.
Personally, I loved Rollercoaster Tycoon as a franchise. It was the first time I “mistakenly” let loose the tigers on unsuspecting civilians. You can also check get a free mobile version of Rollercoaster Tycoon via the links below
If you want 9 classic titles you can actually get them all in one single download. RollerCoaster Tycoon, RollerCoaster Tycoon 2, RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 plus all 6 Expansion Packs and Downloadable Extras. 9 Classic Hits in All!
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