Frontier Developments is taking legal action against Atari over unpaid royalties for Rollercoaster Tycoon 3, as well as its two expansion packs.
According to the developer, the construction and management simulator sold more than Atari said it did. Hence, the studio is owed more money for its work than what Atari claims.
Until now, Frontier Developments has been paid $1.17 million. However, the developer believes that it is owed an additional $2.2 million. This is based on new evidence found by Frontier Developments that indicates Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 sold twice more than what Atari told the studio.
Speaking with GameSpot, chief operating officer David Walsh confirmed that Atari has denied the studio the opportunity to acquire accurate information using its right to audit, and as such is taking legal action.
“We can confirm Frontier is currently pursuing a complaint against Atari,” said Walsh. “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.”
If the court sides with Frontier Developments, it will mean more bad news for Atari which already filed for bankruptcy in January 2013. Following that, Atari landed $2 million in funding and returned to publishing games. RollerCoaster Tycoon World was part of that new initiative but only received negative response during its time as a Steam Early Access game.
Atari, though, has pledged continuous support for the game with the promise of improvements. RollerCoaster Tycoon World has since then been released on Steam as a full game. It’s currently available for $35 but has “Mostly Negative” reviews. According to Steam users, RollerCoaster Tycoon World is not fun at all and is plagued with technical bugs.