It looks like Frontier Developments is continuing to do what they do best. The team released their first Planet Zoo trailer today, debuting their next simulation game that they’re promising will be the best yet.
Frontier dubs Planet Zoo as “the ultimate zoo simulation”. Players will work toward building and managing “a truly modern zoo where animal welfare and conservation comes first.” And with the basis of a zoo being the animals within it, a ton of attention and detail has been implemented to the creatures within the game.
The Planet Zoo trailer showcases what Frontier is calling “the most authentic animals in videogame history.” The developer states that From playful lion cubs to mighty elephants, every animal in Planet Zoo is an individual who thinks, feels and explores the world you build around them. They care about their surroundings and each other, with complex environmental and social needs.”
You’ll even see the animals you care for live on through their kin, as Frontier teases you’ll “help them raise young to pass their genes onto future generations.” As you make choices within your park, you’ll notice ripple effects around the zoo as it’s “an expressive world that reacts to every choice you make.”
Frontier says you’ll have your choice of playstyle. Whether you want to dive in the minutia of the park’s management or take a more big picture approach, the decision is yours.
Jonny Watts, Frontier’s Chief Creative Officer, issued a statement proclaiming Planet Zoo as the project his team has been wanting to build for years. Watts explained, “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.”
The list of simulation games that Frontier has developed is indeed extensive. The team has produced the original Rollercoaster Tycoon titles and expansions. They then did Thrillville for LucasArts before working on another animal based games in Kinectimals for Microsoft. More recently they developed Coaster Crazy, Screamride, Planet Coaster and Jurassic World Evolution. So clearly, the experience and pedigree to deliver something special in Planet Zoo is there.
No specific release date was offered within the Planet Zoo trailer, only a window of later this year for PC only.