It's not as big a niche as shooters or MOBAs, but people really like building rollercoasters. And while it might not have the iconic name of the RollerCoaster Tycoon series, Planet Coaster is already doing really well for Frontier Developments — millions of dollars well.
The announcement was made as part of Frontier's latest trading update, where Frontier's board spoke about the state of their projects and the company's overall financial health.
Apart from having around 8.9 million pounds (just over $17 million at today's rates) in the bank, the board added that Planet Coaster has already generated more than 1 million pounds ($1,911,080).
The Board is encouraged by the reception to the first Alpha build of Planet Coaster, the Group's second self-published franchise. Released on schedule on 22 March 2016, the Alpha 1 build contained fundamental game systems including modular scenery, pathing and an early version of the coaster building system. Feedback to date has been very positive, with a total of over £1 million in customer receipts for the Alpha version and pre-orders. The Group has also announced the date of the Alpha 2 release of 24 May 2016.
Frontier also said that the lifetime unit sales for their space MMO, Elite: Dangerous, had broken 1.5 million.