In quite fantastic news, Zoo Tycoon is about to get a spiritual successor. Frontier Developments, they of Planet Coaster fame, has announced Planet Zoo, allowing would-be park builds construct their own wildlife attractions.
Planet Zoo promises to build on the in-depth customisation provided by Planet Coaster, combined the unique animal behaviours in Jurassic World Evolution. The end result is a zoo sim in which players can finely craft the habitats for their animal occupants, tuning them to both their needs as well as the visiting zoo-goers.
Each and every animal in Planet Zoo will have individual environmental and societal needs, whether that’s specific surroundings, other animals to play with (or not), digging lakes and rivers, or caves to hide in. Each species needs to be nurtured and studied, as well as eventually bred to pass on their genes to future generations.
In terms of the high-level play, it looks as if animal welfare and conservation “comes first”. I doubt we’ll be able to get away with a shoddy zoo for long here, with the aim being to show off these animals in as best a light as possible, with a few to releasing some animals back into the wild in order to repopulate the planet.
"This is the zoo management game we’ve wanted to make for many years,” said Jonny Watts, CCO of Frontier. "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. We hope you’ll join us when Planet Zoo launches later this year."
Planet Zoo will be coming to PC in Autumn 2019.