Cambridge, UK – 20 August 2019. Frontier Developments plc (AIM: FDEV) today announced the Planet Zoo early-access Beta, coming 24 September and available to players who pre-order Planet Zoo Deluxe Edition.
The Planet Zoo Beta runs from 24 September until 8 October, featuring the first scenario from Planet Zoo’s Career mode, and a biome from Franchise mode.
A new story awaits in Planet Zoo’s narrative-driven Career mode. Players will be introduced to a cast of colourful characters in a globe-trotting campaign, placing them in charge of zoos around the world. The Planet Zoo Beta includes the first scenario, introducing players to zoo management and a selection of animals from the full game, including a number of as-yet unrevealed animals.
And sandbox meets simulation in Franchise mode where players can build, manage, research and develop their own zoo franchise alongside a global community of Planet Zoo players. The Franchise mode Beta features Planet Zoo’s online Animal Exchange where players can trade animals to increase the genetic diversity and wellbeing in their zoo. At launch, Franchise mode will further introduce Daily Challenges and weekly Community Goals that will unite Planet Zoo community behind a shared objective.
Planet Zoo is playable all week at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany. Visitors are invited to go hands-on with Career mode and Sandbox in Hall 7 at the Koelnmesse.
Planet Zoo launches 5 November 2019 and is available to pre-order now for £34.99 (€44.99, $44.99). Planet Zoo Deluxe Edition is available to pre-order now for £42.99 (€54.99, $54.99). Both are available on the Steam online store. Planet Zoo Deluxe Edition includes the Planet Zoo game plus bonus content, including:
- Beta access.
- Three exclusive animals.
- High-quality wallpapers.
- Original Soundtrack.
Players who pre-order the Deluxe Edition can join the Planet Zoo Beta between 24 September and 8 October, and add the Komodo Dragon, Pygmy Hippopotamus, and Thomson’s Gazelle to their zoos at launch.
About Planet Zoo
Simulation Runs Wild in Planet Zoo. From the developers of Jurassic World Evolution (2018), Planet Coaster (2016) and Zoo Tycoon (2013) comes the ultimate zoo sim, featuring authentic living animals who think, feel and explore the world you create around them. 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. Build and run a truly modern zoo where animal welfare and conservation comes first.
Frontier is a leading independent creator of self-published videogame franchises founded in 1994 by David Braben, co-author of the iconic Elite game. Based in Cambridge, Frontier uses its proprietary ‘COBRA’ game development technology to create innovative games, currently focusing on videogame consoles and personal computers.