Atari’s First VR Game Is Rollercoaster Tycoon Joyride On PSVR

by David Jagneaux • March 12th, 2018

Atari is a brand that, to its credit, refuses to die. Many of the most prolific gaming brands from the 70s and 80s have fallen to the wayside, vanished, or rebranded to the point of obscurity, but Atari has done an admirable job of staying at least somewhat relevant in the wake of Nintendo’s eventual domination of the console gaming market several decades ago.

Nowadays the legendary gaming company is leaning heavily on nostalgia with things like the Ataribox and continued milking of the Rollercoaster Tycoon IP. As a result, the company’s first VR title is none other than Rollercoaster Tycoon Joyride.

The PS4 exclusive title will be “enhanced” for PSVR as an optional feature, but will be fully playable outside of VR. This also marks the company’s first foray into the real of immersive gaming.

We don’t know anything else about the game at this time, but we should have the chance to go hands-on with it during GDC 2018 next week. Previous entries in the long-running series have players building and managing a theme park of their very own, which would be a great fit for VR.

Other rollercoaster-focused sim management games have released with horrible results in VR, but hopefully the quality and polish that Rollercoaster Tycoon is know for can carry through here.

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  • impurekind

    I think it would be smart to actually put this on all the major VR headsets rather than just PSVR, and certainly the likes of Vive and Rift should be covered.

    • drd7of14

      I agree, but Atari may not have wanted to fully invest. If SONY paid them off, at least for a limited exclusivity window, it may have helped to fund the game’s production.

      That being said, it could end up sucking. I can’t imagine that the owners would put all their eggs into the PS4 basket, when Rollercoaster games are best suited for PCs, as are most simulator-esque titles. The VR element is just a bonus.

    • drd7of14

      I agree, but Atari may not have wanted to fully invest. If SONY paid them off, at least for a limited exclusivity window, it may have helped to fund the game’s production.

      That being said, it could end up sucking. I can’t imagine that the owners would put all their eggs into the PS4 basket, when Rollercoaster games are best suited for PCs, as are most simulator-esque titles. The VR element is just a bonus.

    • drd7of14

      I agree, but Atari may not have wanted to fully invest. If SONY paid them off, at least for a limited exclusivity window, it may have helped to fund the game’s production.

      That being said, it could end up sucking. I can’t imagine that the owners would put all their eggs into the PS4 basket, when Rollercoaster games are best suited for PCs, as are most simulator-esque titles. The VR element is just a bonus.

    • drd7of14

      I agree, but Atari may not have wanted to fully invest. If SONY paid them off, at least for a limited exclusivity window, it may have helped to fund the game’s production.

      That being said, it could end up sucking. I can’t imagine that the owners would put all their eggs into the PS4 basket, when Rollercoaster games are best suited for PCs, as are most simulator-esque titles. The VR element is just a bonus.

  • daveinpublic

    You will be able to ride on the roller coaster from the 1st person perspective right?

    • gothicvillas

      thats what caught my attention too. I bloody hope so!!!

  • Eddie Barsh

    Looks dope can’t wait to get it! There’s already a roller coaster game in the PS store and it’s a blast! My niece loves it !! This ones gonna be fun also

  • Toby Zuijdveld

    Everything after RCT 2 has sucked, so no great hopes here. But boy howdy would I love another great RCT, let alone with VR support.