Planet Coaster and Elite: Dangerous developer, Frontier Developments is suing Atari over unpaid royalties from 2004 theme park title, RollerCoaster Tycoon 3.
The news broke on TMZ which states that Frontier believes it is due $2.2 million more in royalty payments than it got from the game.
After Atari declared bankruptcy in 2013, Frontier and the publisher put together an “amended” contract. Since then, Atari has rebuilt itself but apparently have a reporting discrepancy between what they claim RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 sold and what figures show on the likes of Steam Spy. The difference in figures that Atari report and what Frontier believe are more realistic is what prompted the developer to request an audit.
The lawsuit was later confirmed by Frontier Developments’ chief operating officer, 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.
The UK developer has most recently released Planet Coaster which launched alongside Atari’s RollerCoaster Tycoon World in 2016. The latter wasn’t welcomed too warmly by players while Planet Coaster faired a lot better in the eyes of the player reviews.