Atari is one of the oldest game console makers and publishers out there that’s still relevant today. Well, somewhat relevant. They’re not making their console anymore and they haven’t exactly released any hugely innovative games in a long time but I think they’ve been riding the wave of nostalgia for the last decade, at least, and it’s worked for them.
So if you’re familiar with Atari, then chances are you’ve played one of their Rollercoaster Tycoon games before. These make up the largest part of their bread and butter after all. Which is why, even though the company’s foray into VR was unexpected, it comes as no surprise that Atari’s first VR game will be another Rollercoaster Tycoon installment in the theme park management series called Rollercoaster Tycoon Joyride.
The game was actually first revealed last year as a short side-note in an investor announcement but nothing else about it was made known at the time. Now, however, Atari has finally announced that they will be revealing more about Rollercoaster Tycoon Joyride this month at the GDC 2018 conference in San Francisco.
Apparently, this PS4 exclusive will be released with an “enhanced for PSVR” option besides it’s normal flat screen gameplay. We’re not sure yet if that means the entire game or just a smaller side-mode but more should be revealed at GDC 2018 next week. Either way, it would be awesome to be able to ride your own roller coasters in VR so we’re really hoping that will be an option.
Rollercoaster Tycoon certainly seems like a great fit for VR – if incorporated correctly. Being able to physically touch and place the rides and attractions in your own theme park adds another level of fun to the game with lots of opportunity in to grow in a game series that, has quite frankly, been laboriously sucking its last dregs of fresh air.