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Chris Sawyer is a Scottish video game designer and programmer who is best known for creating the Transport Tycoon
Transport Tycoon
and RollerCoaster Tycoon series. He is also the founder of 31X, a mobile game development company.

Contents

1 Career 2 Works 3 References 4 External links

Career[edit] Sawyer first entered the games industry in 1983, writing games in Z80 machine code on the Memotech MTX
Memotech MTX
home computer, and then the Amstrad CPC series home computer. Some of these were published by Ariolasoft, Sepulcri Scelerati and Ziggurat. From 1988 to 1993, Sawyer worked on MS-DOS
MS-DOS
conversions of Amiga
Amiga
games and was involved in many projects, including Virus, Conqueror, Campaign, Birds of Prey, Dino Dini's Goal and Frontier: Elite II. He also contributed to the MS-DOS
MS-DOS
version of Elite Plus. Sawyer wrote most of his games in x86 assembly language,[1] using only the services of freelance graphics designer Simon Foster and composer Allister Brimble as needed. Sawyer's first management simulation game, Transport Tycoon, was released by MicroProse
MicroProse
in 1994 and became a classic of the tycoon series of games. A year later, he improved and extended the game, giving it the title Transport Tycoon
Transport Tycoon
Deluxe. Sawyer immediately sought to create a sequel. However, while still working on the basic game engine, Sawyer developed an interest in roller coasters, and changed the project into what would become RollerCoaster Tycoon, originally called White Knuckle before release.[2] After creating RollerCoaster Tycoon, he resumed work on the sequel for Transport Tycoon, but again postponed it to create RollerCoaster Tycoon
RollerCoaster Tycoon
2. Upon completing that project, he resumed his work on the Transport Tycoon
Transport Tycoon
sequel, finally releasing it in 2004 as Chris Sawyer's Locomotion.[3] Sawyer also served as a consultant for Atari
Atari
in the development of RollerCoaster Tycoon
RollerCoaster Tycoon
3 done by Frontier
Frontier
Developments. In November 2005, Sawyer sued Atari, claiming that they had failed to pay him certain royalties.[4] Sawyer and Atari
Atari
settled out of court for an undisclosed amount in February 2008.[5] Due to a combination of the legal issues with Atari, and a general detest of the violent nature of video games, Sawyer temporarily steps away from video games after the release of Locomotion, until 2010.[6] In 2010, Sawyer founded 31X Ltd. which he initially planned to use as a holding company for the Transport Tycoon
Transport Tycoon
intellectual property. However, he saw that there was interest in a mobile version of Transport Tycoon
Transport Tycoon
and a space in the market for simulation games like this, and reworked 31X to be a video game developer focused on mobile games.[7] In addition to Sawyer, several others that worked with him on the Tycoon games became part of 31X, including Jacqui Lyons, who worked with Sawyer for more than 20 years, serving as the company's executive producer. [7] 31X's first product was Transport Tycoon
Transport Tycoon
for iOS and Android, released in 2013, which was assisted with Origin8.[8][6] Sawyer continued to work with Origin8 to bring the first two RollerCoaster Tycoon
RollerCoaster Tycoon
games into RollerCoaster Tycoon
RollerCoaster Tycoon
Classic released for mobile in December 2016. The game later received ports to Microsoft Windows
Microsoft Windows
and macOS in September 2017.[9][10][11] Sawyer has a degree in Computer Science and Microprocessor Systems.[12] Works[edit]

Title Year Publisher Notes

Virus 000000001988-01-01-00001988 Firebird Software

Revenge of Defender 000000001989-01-01-00001989 Epyx

Xenomorph 000000001990-01-01-00001990 Pandora

Conqueror 000000001990-01-01-00001990 Rainbow Arts Software GmbH

Elite Plus 000000001991-01-01-00001991 Microplay Software

Campaign 000000001992-01-01-00001992 Empire Interactive

Birds of Prey 000000001992-01-01-00001992 Electronic Arts

Goal! 000000001993-01-01-00001993 Virgin Games

Frontier: Elite II 000000001993-01-01-00001993 GameTek, Konami

Transport Tycoon 000000001994-01-01-00001994 MicroProse

Dino Dini's Soccer 000000001994-01-01-00001994 Virgin Interactive

Transport Tycoon
Transport Tycoon
World Editor 000000001995-01-01-00001995 MicroProse

Transport Tycoon
Transport Tycoon
Deluxe 000000001995-01-01-00001995 MicroProse

Frontier: First Encounters 000000001995-01-01-00001995 GameTek

RollerCoaster Tycoon 000000001999-01-01-00001999 Hasbro Interactive

RollerCoaster Tycoon: Corkscrew Follies 000000001999-01-01-00001999 Hasbro Interactive

RollerCoaster Tycoon: Loopy Landscapes 000000002000-01-01-00002000 Hasbro Interactive

RollerCoaster Tycoon
RollerCoaster Tycoon
2 000000002002-01-01-00002002 Infogrames

RollerCoaster Tycoon
RollerCoaster Tycoon
3 000000002004-01-01-00002004 Atari Consultant

Chris Sawyer's Locomotion 000000002004-01-01-00002004 Atari

Transport Tycoon 000000002013-01-01-00002013 31X [8]

RollerCoaster Tycoon
RollerCoaster Tycoon
Classic 000000002016-01-01-00002016 Atari [13]

References[edit]

^ Chris Sawyer Software Development Frequently Asked Questions ^ "10 things you (probably) never knew about Chris Sawyer's Tycoon games..." from Chris Sawyer Software Development website ^ Chris Sawyer (2004). " Chris Sawyer's Locomotion
Chris Sawyer's Locomotion
Manual". Atari.  ^ "Sawyer Sues Atari
Atari
Over Roller Coaster Tycoon Royalties" from Gamasutra (8 November 2005) ^ "Sawyer settles Atari
Atari
suit" from Develop (magazine) (5 February 2008) ^ a b Yin-Poole, Wesley (March 3, 2016). "A big interview with Chris Sawyer, the creator of RollerCoaster Tycoon". Retrieved April 3, 2016.  ^ a b Rose, Mike (July 19, 2013). " Chris Sawyer on his reentry back into video games". Gamasutra. Retrieved September 28, 2017.  ^ a b 31X - About ^ Souppouris, Aaron (22 December 2016). "Classic 'RollerCoaster Tycoon' comes to iOS and Android". Engadget. Retrieved 22 December 2016.  ^ Sarkar, Samit (22 December 2016). "First two RollerCoaster Tycoon games arrive on Android, iOS". Polygon. Retrieved 22 December 2016.  ^ Yin-Poole, Wesley (September 28, 2017). "RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic launches on Steam". Eurogamer. Retrieved September 28, 2017.  ^ " Chris Sawyer Software Development". www.chrissawyergames.com. Retrieved 2017-06-07.  ^ Yin-Poole, Wesley (3 March 2016). "A big interview with Chris Sawyer, the creator of RollerCoaster Tycoon". Retrieved 3 April 2016. 

External links[edit]

Chris Sawyer Software Development Chris Sawyer's profile at MobyGames Interview with Sawyer on Locomotion from GameSpot Interview with Sawyer from Eurogamer

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Chris Sawyer games

Transport Tycoon RollerCoaster Tycoon RollerCoaster Tycoon
RollerCoaster Tycoon
2 Chris Sawyer's Locomotion RollerCoaster Tycoon
RollerCoaster Tycoon
Classic

v t e

RollerCoaster Tycoon
RollerCoaster Tycoon
series

Main series

RollerCoaster Tycoon RollerCoaster Tycoon
RollerCoaster Tycoon
2 RollerCoaster Tycoon
RollerCoaster Tycoon
3 RollerCoaster Tycoon
RollerCoaster Tycoon
World

Spin-offs

3D 4 Mobile Classic

Related games

Planet Coaster Screamride Thrillville

Companies

Atari Chris Sawyer Productions Frontier
Frontier
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