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Rollercoaster Tycoon 4 on PC will be a "completely different game"

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Rollercoaster Tycoon 4 on PC will be "completely different" to the mobile versions, Atari has confirmed.

Commenting on the reaction from fans to news that a sequel will be released on mobile and tablets, the publisher assured them that a separate PC edition will be unique.

Rollercoaster Tycoon 4 makes its iOS debut this spring

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Rollercoaster Tycoon 4 makes its iOS debut soon


"We can't share that much, but [PC] will definitely be a completely different game," senior director of marketing Anthony Chien told Digital Spy.

"There's a lot of diehard RC fans that want a PC experience, they want all different sorts of things.

"It's trying to deliver as much as we can. First is the mobile version, then it's the PC experience. I think a lot of people are vocal about wanting to see the PC version first before the mobile, but our strategy is mobile first."

Rollercoaster Tycoon 4 on mobile adopts free-to-play mechanics, where the wait for new rides and attractions to be built can be expedited by spending in-game currency.

Rollercoaster Tycoon 4

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Rollercoaster Tycoon 4


Despite this, it will be sold as a premium download, with Chien assuring players that otherwise all content can be purchased without having to invest additional funds.

"The game will come pre-loaded with over $5 of in-game currency, with the value of in-game currency you're getting more than what you paid for," he said.

While certain elements of the original games remain - such as players being able to build their own rollercoasters and using the thought bubbles of park attendees as feedback - it will drop the campaign structure for a single, persistent park that exists in real time.

Rollercoaster Tycoon 4

© Atari

Rollercoaster Tycoon 4


It will, however, retain the isometric, tile-based visual approach of the first two games in the series, with Atari and Lithuanian developer On5 working closely with original creator Chris Sawyer for a "consistent vision".

Meanwhile, new social features include Game Centre leaderboards and Facebook sharing of rollercoaster blueprints with friends.

While specific differences between the mobile and PC versions - such as whether it adopts the same structure and use of in-game currency - have yet to be confirmed, it will be an "online multiplayer experience" that won't run through Facebook.

Rollercoaster Tycoon 4 will be released on iOS devices by early April, followed by Android this summer and PC by the end of the year.

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