RollerCoaster Tycoon World is having its first beta this weekend

Except it’s all coaster and no tycoon

After the diabolical mess that was RollerCoaster Tycoon 4, the idea of a new, proper game in the series to follow it up is both exciting and utterly terrifying. RollerCoaster Tycoon World has been passed around three different studios, with Nvizzio Creations currently being at the helm.

RollerCoaster Tycoon World could either be the mess most people are expecting it to be, or a semi-decent follow up to Rollercoaster Tycoon 3, and no one quite knows which way it will go. We will get a very rough idea this weekend though, when the game’s first closed beta begins.

From October 30 to November 2, pre-purchasers will have the chance to try out the rollercoaster and park building portion of the game, with seemingly none of the actual money-making Tycoon strategy included. That in and of itself is worrying, as these sorts of games live or die based on how well the simulation is, and we won’t be seeing any of that side of the game just yet.

Nvizzio claims it wants to spot-check different parts of the game, but the two sides seem so critically linked to me that they probably shouldn’t be tested separately. We’ll know about that side of the game by the end of November, when the game’s second beta test is planned for.

You can read about what exactly is available on the official website.

One thing to remain positive about is that Nvizzio Creations is allowing players to share videos and screenshots of the beta. That’s hopefully a sign it’s confident enough that the game is worth people playing at this stage.

At the very least, pre-purchasers can spend three days building rollercoaster death machines or better yet, Mr. Bones’ Wild Ride. So that’s something I guess?

Joe Parlock