Planet Zoo Announced From Creators Of Planet Coaster Studio
Planet Zoo looks set to be the latest release that distracts me from the crippling debt and overdue rent of real life, and I can’t wait to swap out boring reality for a digital zoo keeper’s hat in a game that looks every inch the Zoo Tycoon sequel I’ve been craving for so long.
Jonny Watts, chief creative officer of Frontier said:
“This is the zoo management game we’ve wanted to make for many years,”
“We’ve challenged ourselves to build on the games we’ve made before and to carry the great legacy of classics like the Zoo Tycoon series forward. We’re taking everything we’ve learned from our past work and focusing on modern values incredible authenticity, rich management, limitless creativity and community sharing to make our best-ever simulation game.”
Frontier insist that their virtuazoos aren’t just places for amusement, that animal welfare will be important and we’ll get to release creatures into the wild to help re-population efforts. That’s good. I have mixed feelings about the ethics of zoos, especially around keeping species which are born to roam vast areas or are visibly emotional enough that even our species can see it. Conservation is one of the best arguments for zoos so I hope Frontier do this right.
Frontier have previously dabbled in simzoos, making the Zoo Tycoon that hit Xboxes in 2013 though not the original PC Zoo Tycoon games from the early noughties, which were made by Blue Fang Games.
Planet Coaster and Jurassic World Evolution studio Frontier Developments has announced zoo simulation game Planet Zoo for PC. It will launch this fall.
Here is an overview of the Planet Zoo, via its Steam page:
Build a world for wildlife in Planet Zoo. From the creators of Planet Coaster and Zoo Tycoon comes the ultimate zoo sim, featuring authentic living animals who think, feel and explore the world you create around them. Experience a globe-trotting campaign or let your imagination run wild in the freedom of Sandbox mode. Create unique habitats and vast landscapes, make big decisions and meaningful choices, and nurture your animals as you construct and manage the world’s wildest zoos.
Game Key Features:
Simulation Runs Wild – Meet a world of incredible animals. From playful lion cubs to mighty elephants, every animal in Planet Zoo is a thinking, feeling individual with a distinctive look and personality of their own. Craft detailed habitats to bring your animals’ natural environments home, research and manage each species to allow them to thrive, and help your animals raise families to pass their genes onto future generations.
Meaningful Management – Manage an amazing living world that responds to every decision you make. Focus on the big picture or go hands-on and control the smallest details. Thrill visitors with iconic exhibits, develop your zoo with new research, and release new generations of your animals back into the wild. Your choices come alive in a world where animal welfare and conservation comes first.
Limitless Creativity – Planet Zoo’s powerful piece-by-piece construction tools let you effortlessly make your zoo unique. Every creative decision you make impacts the lives of your animals and the experience of your visitors. Let your imagination run wild as you dig lakes and rivers, raise hills and mountains, carve paths and caves, and build stunning zoos with a choice of unique themes and hundreds of building components.
Share and Inspire – Join a connected community and share the world’s most creative habitats, scenery and even whole zoos on the Steam Workshop. See your own designs appear in zoos around the world, or discover fresh new content from the Planet Zoo community every day.