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Planet Zoo

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Simulation
Developer: Frontier Developments
Release Date: Nov. 5, 2019

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'Planet Zoo' Wetlands Animal Pack And Free v1.9 Update Planned For Next Month - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on March 29, 2022 @ 9:02 a.m. PDT

Planet Zoo is the ultimate zoo simulation featuring authentic living animals, rich management, and limitless creativity, players can build and manage a truly modern zoo where animal welfare and conservation comes first.

From the makers of Planet Coaster (2016) and Jurassic World Evolution (2018) comes the ultimate zoo simulation, featuring authentic living animals, rich management, and limitless creativity. Build and manage a truly modern zoo where animal welfare and conservation comes first.

Planet Zoo presents the most authentic animals in videogame history. 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. Nurture your animals throughout their lives, study and manage every species to see them thrive, and help them raise young to pass their genes onto future generations.

Manage your own zoo in an expressive world that reacts to every choice you make. Focus on the big picture or go hands-on and look after the smallest details. Thrill visitors with prestigious animals and famous exhibits, develop your zoo and research new technologies, and release animals back into the wild to repopulate the planet.

Players can welcome wildlife from one of the richest habitats in the world with Planet Zoo: Wetlands Animal Pack, arriving on Steam on 12 April 2022 for a suggested retail price of £7.99 / $9.99 / €9.99.

Planet Zoo: Wetlands Animal Pack brings eight fascinating new species to the game. Introducing the endearing Capybara, which spends much of the day wallowing in nearby pools; the Platypus, with its duck-like bill and beaver-like tail; the Asian Small Clawed Otter, who moves gracefully through the water; the aptly-named Spectacled Caiman, whose eyes peep above the water as it basks; the Nile Lechwe, whose slender hooves have adapted to life on marshy floodplains; the Wild Water Buffalo, with its formidable horns; and the Red-Crowned Crane, whose mesmerising mating dance is a marvel to behold. Finally, the Danube Crested Newt exhibit animal, with its distinctively jagged spine and unique spotted colouring, is certain to capture the attention of zoo guests.

Players can observe new animations as their Planet Zoo: Wetlands Animal Pack arrivals settle into their habitats. From the elegant deep-water hunting of the Asian Small Clawed Otter, to the relaxing bathing habits of the Capybara, these fascinating species have a unique relationship with their marshy surroundings.

Prospective zookeepers can also put their skills to the test with a thrilling new timed scenario set in the vibrant Brazilian Pantanal region, the world’s largest wetlands ecosystem. Players will be tasked with helping an animal sanctuary’s rescue efforts, adopting and caring for new arrivals. And don’t forget the guests, who players will need to educate and entertain to ensure the facility can truly thrive.

Alongside the pack, players will also enjoy a free v1.9 base-game update, which brings with it a range of extras and enhancements, including roaming educator talks, a new ‘Explore Cam’ feature which allows players to experience their zoos at guest height, a colour and transparency editor for exhibit water, and more.

Roaming Educators

That's right, free-roaming Educators will soon be...roaming their way to your Zoo! This is a brand new way for your Educators to share their animal knowledge with your guests as they walk around, bringing some extra educational activity along with them. Whenever an Educator isn't travelling, resting, or at an Animal Talk Point, they'll be able to wander around and give mini talks to your guests to help educate them on some of the animals present in your zoo! To celebrate this exciting new experience for your guests, we decided to try our hand at replicating some of the hard work that Roaming Educators will be putting in at your Zoo very soon...see how we got on, below!

Explore Camera Mode

Speaking of roaming, we're very excited to share that with the launch of Update 1.9, you'll be able to make the most of a new Explore Camera Mode - seeing (and editing!) your Zoo from a guest-level point of view! You'll be able to see your Zoo as if visiting it yourself, giving you a great perspective from which to make any building or decorative adjustments, as well as offering a brand new way for you to fully immerse yourself in your builds.

Audio Visual Management Screen & Webcams on Billboards

Managing your audio and media boards just got even easier! This new Audio Visual Management Screen will allow you to manage the screens and speakers within your Zoo from one location, allowing you to see which clips or audio are being used by each output device, as well as the status and running costs of each screen, speaker, or camera in your Zoo, so you can deliver a fully immersive educational experience with total ease. To add to this offering, you'll also be able to incorporate your Webcam feeds from burrows onto your billboards, allowing your guests to get a closer look at your animals when they are using their burrows!

New Water Options

Did someone say flexicolour? With the upcoming Update 1.9, you can now completely customise the colour of water in any exhibit which features it, allowing you to have more control than ever over exactly how your exhibit animals are displayed and viewed in your Zoos. Which exhibits are you going to inject with a burst of colour first?

Your Habitats won't be missing out on some aqua-based features, either; with Update 1.9, you'll be able to add both Mist and Bubble effects to your Habitat's water! You'll be able to implement these options from the water information panel, alongside the transparency and water colour options which are already in-game, and the Mist VFX will also offer customisable colour.

Bathing Behaviours

The perfect way to unwind? In a hot spring, of course! With Update 1.9, we're introducing bathing behaviours - simply create a shallow pool of water and heat it with a water temperature regulator (keeping it to the animals' requirements, of course!) to create the perfect hot spring for your Japanese Macaque to bathe in. This behaviour will help to reduce animal stress, so it's a great way to provide a more relaxing environment within your habitats.

Flatten to Terrace Brush

To help create the shallow pool you'll need for your new hot springs, you'll be able to use the new Flatten to Terrace brush! This new terrain brush is available with Update 1.9, and offers a Terrace Height setting and a Shallow Pool Offset option, which are incredibly helpful if you're wanting to create rice terrace structures within your Zoo.

Small Burrows

With Update 1.9, smaller animals will now be able to adopt burrowing behaviours. You'll be able to place small burrows for both Meerkats and Prairie Dogs in your Zoos - and don't forget that you can now add webcam feeds from burrows to your billboards, too, so you'll be able to see your animals enjoying these new smaller burrows!  

As always, these exciting new features in Update 1.9 come with various fixes which will be included in the full patch notes upon release.

Unleash your creativity with the next evolution of Planet Coaster’s best-in-class creation mechanics. Craft stunning scenery and habitats, dig lakes and rivers, raise hills and mountains, and carve tunnels and caves as you build your own zoo. See your animals and visitors respond to your creative vision, and share your designs with friends in Planet Zoo’s online community. Bring the world’s greatest designs home to your own zoo for your animals and visitors to enjoy.

Planet Zoo is available for PC (Steam) at £34.99 / $44.99 / €44.99 with a bevy of DLCs.

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