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A new RollerCoaster Tycoon PC game is in production, say Atari

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RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile was announced recently, and - judging from its chilling reveal trailer - will be the sort of game that sincerely wants you to "HYPE YOUR PARK". I know, I'm sad too. Fortunately, there's hope, and it comes in the form of an Atari tweet. Alongside their promotion of the upcoming phone/tablet/ phablet version is news that a new "PC experience" is also in production.

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The mobile version is due out this spring, but - as yet - there's no release window for the PC game beyond "this year". If it's scheduled for the end of the year, it could potentially arrive around the ten year anniversary of the PC's last release in the rollercoaster sim series. RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 was released on October 2004 - in an era where people bought Nickleback albums and cared about the plot of Lost.

Will it be a full-fat RollerCoaster Tycoon in the classic tradition of the original PC releases? Personally, I'm doubtful. Looking at Atari's recent consolidated revenue report , it's clear that the studio's strategy is in mobile and online gaming, with an emphasis on "traditional franchises". While that doesn't mean it will be a Facebook-style social nightmare of energy bars and microtransactions, I also wouldn't expect the traditional park builder that fans will no doubt be hoping for.

Phil has been writing for PC Gamer for nearly a decade, starting out as a freelance writer covering everything from free games to MMOs. He eventually joined full-time as a news writer, before moving to the magazine to review immersive sims, RPGs and Hitman games. Now he leads PC Gamer's UK team, but still sometimes finds the time to write about his ongoing obsessions with Destiny 2, GTA Online and Apex Legends. When he's not levelling up battle passes, he's checking out the latest tactics game or dipping back into Guild Wars 2. He's largely responsible for the whole Tub Geralt thing, but still isn't sorry.