Planet Zoo

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Planet Zoo
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Developer(s)Frontier Developments
Publisher(s)Frontier Developments
Director(s)Piers Jackson
Producer(s)Steve Wilkins
Designer(s)James Taylor
Artist(s)Marc Cox
Composer(s)J. J. Ipsen
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows
Release5 November 2019
Genre(s)Construction and management simulation

Planet Zoo is a construction and management simulation video game developed and published by Frontier Developments for Microsoft Windows. The game is a spiritual successor to Zoo Tycoon, with gameplay similar to the studio's theme park variant, Planet Coaster. It was released on 5 November 2019.


Planet Zoo is a spiritual successor to Zoo Tycoon, with gameplay similar to the studio's theme park variant, Planet Coaster.[1] Players are able to build a zoo, with more than 50 animals in total. Animals, controlled by artificial intelligence, behave similarly to their real-life counterparts. For instance, wolves adopt a pack mentality. Each species has its own requirements and needs that players must satisfy. Each animal has their own genome, which can be modified to change its life expectancy, size, health and fertility. The game also features a breeding system, and with elements such as inbreeding having negative consequences on the animals.[2] The game also features a campaign mode, similar to Planet Coaster.[3]

Development and release[edit]

Early rumours circulated after Frontier Developments registered a trademark in April 2017 for a new video game called Planet Safari.[4] The game was officially announced on 24 April 2019, and was released on 5 November 2019.[5][6] Besides pre-ordering the game, players had the opportunity to pre-order the deluxe edition, which includes bonus content and provided beta access a few weeks before release.[7]


  1. ^ Gwaltney, Javy. "Planet Coaster Creators Reveal Spiritual Successor To Zoo Tycoon". Game Informer.
  2. ^ Kent, Emma (24 April 2019). "Planet Zoo will feature "the most realistic animals in any game"". Eurogamer. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  3. ^ Gwaltney, Javy (24 April 2019). "Five Reasons Planet Zoo Is Promising". Game Informer. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  4. ^ "PLANET SAFARI Trademark of Frontier Developments Plc - Registration Number 5174092 - Serial Number 86741992 :: Justia Trademarks".
  5. ^ Kelly, Andy (24 April 2019). "Design and manage a zoo in Frontier's next game, Planet Zoo".
  6. ^ Watts, Rachel. "The Planet Zoo release date has been revealed". PCGamesN. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  7. ^ Boudreau, Ian. "Planet Zoo reveals pre-order beta dates". PC Gamer. Retrieved 21 August 2019.

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