When Atari and Nvizzio Creations launched RollerCoaster Tycoon World on November 16th, one day before Planet Coaster’s release date, everyone knew it would be a lopsided battle. RollerCoaster Tycoon World’s development had multiple development studios and at least one full project reboot. Planet Coaster had Frontier Development’s pedigree and a solid early access record. Once both games launched, it was clear that the critical winner was Planet Coaster. Now that the dust has settled, Frontier is on the attack again. This time, it’s going for a legal win. TMZ reports that Frontier Developments is suing Atari for $2.2 million in unpaid royalties from RollerCoaster Tycoon 3. Eurogamer confirmed the report with Frontier’s David Walsh.
“We can confirm Frontier is currently pursuing a complaint against Atari. We have attempted to resolve this issue without legal action since April 2016. We have so far been denied our contractual right to audit by Atari, and we are unfortunately left with no other way to resolve our concerns. We are unable to offer any further comment while the matter is subject to due legal process.”
Chris Sawyer, the owner of the RollerCoaster Tycoon property, sued Atari in 2005 for a similar monetary grievance. The suit was settled out of court in 2008.