It has been a long 16 years since we first saw the thrills and spills of one RollerCoaster Tycoon 3. The game was sadly pulled from storefronts in 2018, as publisher Atari and developers Frontier went at it in the courtrooms. Accusations of late royalties and expiring rights led to one of the seminal sim management games disappearing for a good two years. However, we now have a new edition on the horizon. RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Complete Edition will be launching on September 24 on both Steam and the Epic Games Store.
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Complete Edition is not exactly a remaster. It does, however, pack some new bells and whistles. Visual improvements have been made, whereas controls have also been optimized. The game will now also feature widescreen support. Unfortunately, RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Complete Edition will not have 4K visuals. Fans of the series will be excited to get their hands on such a classic, though. In addition to the base game, we will be getting both Soaked and Wild expansions. That means at least 300 more rides, 500 more pieces of scenery, 60 shops, and 20 creatures.
Fun for all ages
The managing of a theme park is hard work. Not only do you have to contend with finances, but you also have to keep your guests entertained. At least with the RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Complete Edition, you can try your hand at water parks and animal habitats. That should hopefully get those guests happy and satisfied.
The upcoming release of RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Complete Edition also seems to suggest that the rights have now transferred completely to Frontier. With Atari no longer involved, as far as we know, this could be a new beginner. However, this does not seem to extend to the 2004 version. While it is still listed on Steam, there is no way to relive the polygonal fun of RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Platinum. Things might change with the launch of the new version, but we will wait and see.