Frontier Developments has partnered with Sold Out Sales & Marketing Limited to produce physical retail versions of Planet Coaster and Elite Dangerous. Theme park manager Planet Coaster will arrive in stores on May 23 (PC only). Spaceship adventure Elite Dangerous will come later this year for Xbox One and PS4 in a new Legendary Edition.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Frontier Developments on two of the best titles created in Britain in recent years,” said Garry Williams, CEO of Sold Out Sales & Marketing. “Frontier’s creativity, passion, and quality is something we admire. We’re looking forward to working together to take these titles to retail stores around the world.”
Elite Dangerous launched back in 2014 as a PC only title, before coming to Xbox One in 2015. You start with a small spaceship and a few credits. From there you’re given the freedom to trade, kill, and explore the galaxy. The first expansion, Horizons, released late 2015 on PC, and last Summer for Xbox One.
The Elite Dangerous: Legendary Edition will include the Horizons expansion and 1000 Frontier Points as in-game currency. This version will be Elite’s first appearance on the PlayStation 4.
Planet Coaster released last Fall as the spiritual successor to the RollerCoaster Tycoon series. It’s a full theme park management simulator, and has received several free updates since launch. In my review I called it “a modern update to a classic formula.”
Creating physical boxes in a retail store can open up smaller PC games to all new audiences. “We want Frontier’s great games to be enjoyed by as many players around the world as possible,” said David Walsh, COO of Frontier. “We’re therefore delighted to be working with Sold Out on our retail presences for Planet Coaster and Elite Dangerous.”
Planet Coaster hits retail on May 23. Elite Dangerous: Legendary Edition will arrive later this year.
The Planet Coaster Spring Update adds several new rollercoaster types, new rides, and a new feature based on crime and security.
“A new danger lurks in the world of Planet Coaster,” states the press release. “Pickpockets and vandals will now operate in players’ parks. A crime-ridden park will see guests’ happiness fall along with your profits, but security guards and CCTV cameras are on hand to keep park guests safe and prevent mischief-makers from spoiling the fun.”
Here is all the new content coming with the Spring Update:
- Steel Hydra, a suspended swinging coaster
- Trident, a shuttle coaster
- Bakasura, an inverted boomerang shuttle coaster
New Tracked Rides
- Speed Go Karts, build your own Go Karts tracks
- Elixir Machine, 360 degree spinning ride
- Big Wheel, a Ferris wheel
- ZoZo, I have no idea, but apparently it’s a classic
- Crime and Security, angry guests may vandalize park scenery and pickpockets will steal guests’ cash. New security staff can be hired and CCTV cameras built to monitor and prevent crime.
Expansion may be too broad a term, as these are smaller updates that add a few new rides and features. The Spring Update doesn’t seem to add nearly as much content as the Winter Update, though adding a new security element is nifty. Still, free is free! If you like theme park sims and yearn for the 90s era of theme park management, Planet Coaster fits the bill quite well (read our review).
The Planet Coaster Spring Update arrives as a free patch on April 11.
Available On: PC
Creating your own amusement park should never go out of style. Frontier Developments’ new self-published title Planet Coaster captures the magic of roller coasters and theme parks from classic games like RollerCoaster Tycoon and Sim Theme Park. Planet Coaster succeeds as a modern update to a classic formula thanks to intuitive controls and an aesthetic that keeps everything light and fun.
Available On: PC
Release Date: November 17, 2016
One of the most beloved series to emerge from the popular Tycoon/Sim genre was RollerCoaster Tycoon. Pitting you in charge of your own budding amusement park, the series enjoyed several expansion packs and a passionate fan base. Later the games transitioned into 3D with RollerCoaster Tycoon 3, and even later onto consoles with the spiritual successor Thrillville.
Now the same developer is looking to continue their successful formula with their latest park management simulation, Planet Coaster. Read More