During the recent Game Developer Conference (GDC) 2018 VRFocus were able to sit down with Atari’s Senior Producer, Simon Deal and talk about their upcoming virtual reality (VR) videogame, Rollercoaster Tycoon Joyride.
Rollercoaster Tycoon Joyride is a VR enhanced experience that is a mix between first-person VR rollercoaster rides and non-VR gameplay that is akin to other Rollercoaster Tycoon titles. Though there is no theme park management in this title like other entries there is plenty to do with just the building mechanics and the gameplay that comes from riding the rollercoasters as well.
The title will feature two huge locations that are designed for completely different types of rollercoasters including a huge canyon that will let players build massive drops that will surly get the adrenaline flowing. In the interview Simon Deal just mention that conversations have been had about possible new locations that could be added to the title including a Kitchen. As for the tracks themselves, their are plenty of different pieces that players will be able to put together to create the biggest and best rollercoaster that the world has ever seen.
Sharing will be included in the title as well but not via direct sharing but rather through the leaderboard. Should you get a high enough score and get on the board, other players will be able to find your score and download the rollercoaster to then try and beat the set score.
What makes Rollercoaster Tycoon Joyride an interesting title is that beyond making and designing the rides the player will be able to experience it for themselves in fast paced VR. There will also be a number of gameplay modes available for players to enjoy while riding on a rollercoaster of their design including shooting at targets. There are three different types of weapons available to pick up that change the shooting gameplay up a bit allow for players to find an ideal setup all while competing for the highest score. For those wanting to get the max score the title will include a slow motion feature that can be used to maximize your shoots and score multiplier.
Rollercoaster Tycoon Joyride is set to release later this year for PlayStation VR. You can see the whole interview from GDC 2018 below.
VRFocus will be sure to bring you all the latest on Rollercoaster Tycoon Joyride in the future so stay tuned for more.