Atari Discusses Developing RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventures for Nintendo Switch
RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventures is releasing exclusively for Nintendo Switch so Atari gave us some insight on developing games for the hybrid console.
The Switch’s popularity continues to snowball, and momentum will likely only continue to pick up with today’s release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The Nintendo Switch has also done well in terms of third-party support, featuring everything from Bethesda ports to Warner Bros’s upcoming Mortal Kombat 11 to Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order as an exclusive. One such company to jump on board was Atari with RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventures, and DualShockers learned exactly why they did so in a recent interview.
DualShockers was recently able to sit down with Mark Perloff, Senior Producer of RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventures over at Atari, to discuss the game just before its North American launch. While our interview touched on where RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventures falls within the series and if microtransactions and expansions are being considered, one of Mark’s more interesting insights was how Atari perceives the Nintendo Switch.
Obviously, RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventures is an exclusive, so Atari does have faith in the console. As for gameplay features that take advantage of the Nintendo Switch’s unique capabilities, Mark confirmed that the game will feature touchscreen controls as an option as well as HD Rumble but also said the RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventures is “tailored” to Nintendo Switch in general:
“In terms of specific features, the game takes advantage of the Switch’s hardware with full touchscreen control (as well as Joy-Con support) and HD rumble. In a more general sense, we feel like RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventures is tailored to the unique style of the Switch. We wanted to make a game that players can dive into for a few minutes or a few hours, and feel like they got something satisfying out of that play experience.”
Mark Perloff then went on to reveal that Atari decided to start supporting Nintendo Switch following its strong launch, just like some other publishers. He also talked about how RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventure’s Nintendo Switch development went smoothly, how Nintendo was a “joy to work with”, and how Atari plans to continually support the system with Atari Flashback Classics:
“As with most of our publishing peers, we saw the potential of the platform shortly after the Switch launched in 2017. The ability of users to have a handheld device with lots of power to run more complex and engaging games was an obvious draw for Atari – add the market trajectory to the mix, and it became an easy choice…
The development process for RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventures has been smooth. RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventures is the first game in the RollerCoaster Tycoon series to be available on Nintendo Switch and we are very excited about that. We already have another title, Atari Flashback Classics, that will be coming soon to Nintendo Switch. In all, Nintendo has been a joy to work with and we’re big fans of their latest platform.”
You can expect the full interview with Mark Perloff to go live later today. RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventures is already available in Europe, but will release exclusively for Nintendo Switch in North America on December 13. You can currently snag yourself a copy of the game on Amazon.
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