Atari announces crowd-investment campaign to bring RollerCoaster Tycoon to Nintendo Switch.
Or, to be strictly accurate, it’s Atari Game Partners, a subsidiary of Atari, who are offering fans/players/investors the chance to participate in the financing of a Nintendo Switch edition of RollerCoaster Tycoon, via the StartEngine platform.
Given the success of the Switch, and the rate at which publishers are bringing over their games, we’re not sure that an IP as widely known, and loved, as RollerCoaster Tycoon should need the support of a crowd-investment platform. But here we are.
RollerCoaster Tycoon for the Nintendo Switch will be a new entry in the series developed by Nvizzio Creations, who previously made the successful free-to-play RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch for mobile devices. It will also be overseen by renowned game developer, and franchise creator, Chris Sawyer. The game will be made specifically for Switch, and according to its campaign page it will take advantage of the console’s home and portable capabilities.
It’s not cheap to secure a seat on the ride, however, with a minimum $250 dollar investment. Backers can initially earn a pro-rata share of 50% of the game’s profits until 120% of the original investment is made. In addition to the potential financial rewards, other perks include being listed on the online investors website, a 25% discount on a copy of the game, and if you invest over $1500, a free copy of the book, The Art of Atari.
In a press statement, Todd Shallbetter, president and COO of Atari Game Partners, explained the crowd-funding approach:
“At Atari Game Partners, we’re confident in the incredible potential for the RollerCoaster Tycoon franchise on the Nintendo Switch. Community investment will secure the development process to create an exciting new version of this iconic franchise for gamers around the world to enjoy. The much-loved addictive gameplay embodied by the RollerCoaster Tycoon franchise is a perfect match for the Nintendo Switch.”
Head over to the game’s StartEngine campaign page for full details.
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