- A social media video hinting at a console release for Planet Zoo has excited many fans who have been waiting for a console port.
- Some players worry about how the precise controls of the game will translate to a controller, while others are concerned that a console release may mean the end of DLC and updates for the PC version.
- Fans of the game claim that the console release of Planet Coaster did not interfere with precision and that the lack of updates for the game does not mean it is dead, but rather completed.
Popular management sim Planet Zoo has posted a video on social media that seems to be hinting the game is making the long-awaited jump to consoles. Since its release in 2019, Planet Zoo has been thoroughly enjoyed by PC players who have awarded the game very positive reviews on Steam. With players calling Planet Zoo one of the best zoo management games, many fans have been anxiously awaiting a console port, and their wait may be nearly over.
Planet Zoo is a zoo construction and management simulation game developed by the studio behind Planet Coaster, Frontier Developments. Seeing as the studio previously worked on Zoo Tycoon and Rollercoaster Tycoon 3, Planet Zoo has been dubbed the spiritual successor to the nostalgic Zoo Tycoon games. With multiple game modes and intricate building tools, players can unleash their creativity in Planet Zoo while simultaneously being tasked with the care of their animals and employees. The game focuses heavily on the construction of unique zoos, with meaningful choices regarding conservation and guest responses to heighten the experience of zoo management.
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Planet Zoo Teases Potential Console Release
In a mysterious social media post, Planet Zoo has hinted that the game may finally be coming to consoles. The video, set in the back room of a zoo, features out-of-focus zoo employees chatting behind a prominently displayed console controller. Despite the lack of text or an official announcement, the video has caused an uproar among excited fans who have been awaiting a console port of the zoo sim for years, especially after Planet Coaster was released to consoles in 2020.
While the teaser has many fans thrilled, some players are concerned about how the precise controls could translate from a keyboard and mouse to a controller. With such intricate building tools, players can precisely design every little piece of their zoo, which some players worry may be difficult or tedious with a controller. However, other fans claim that Planet Coaster’s console release did not interfere with this precision, and in fact, some fans prefer using a controller as it makes it easier to move the game’s camera. It remains to be seen if Planet Zoo will be one of many games that are better on keyboard and mouse.
PC players are also worried that a console release will mean the end of Planet Zoo DLC and updates for the PC version of Planet Zoo. These concerns stem from similar circumstances surrounding Planet Coaster, which stopped receiving major updates following its console release. However, the console release came just a year after Planet Zoo’s launch, so the lack of support for the game may simply be due to a reallocation of resources. Regardless, Planet Coaster players say that the game still has a very lively community, and insist that the lack of support does not signify that the game is dead, but completed.
Planet Zoo is a construction and management simulation video game developed and published by Frontier Developments for Microsoft Windows that was released on November 5, 2019. The game is a spiritual successor to Zoo Tycoon and Zoo Tycoon 2, with gameplay similar to the studio’s theme park game, Planet Coaster.
- November 5, 2019