The Planet Zoo Beta begins next week on September 24 and running through October 8. The beta will feature the first scenario from Planet Zoo’s Career mode, a biome from Franchise mode and is available to fans who pre-order on Steam. Career Mode is a narrative driven mode where players will be introduced to a cast of colorful characters in a globe-trotting campaign, placing them in charge of zoos around the world. The 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.
Franchise Mode is where sandbox meets simulation. Here, players can build, manage, research and develop their own zoo franchise alongside a global community of players. The Franchise mode Beta features Planet Zoo’s online Animal Exchange where players can trade animals to increase genetic diversity and well being in their zoo. At launch, Franchise mode will introduce Daily Challenges and weekly Community Goals that will unite the community behind a shared objective.
Planet Zoo is available to pre-order now on the Steam online store. The Planet Zoo Deluxe Edition includes the Planet Zoo game plus bonus content, including:
- Beta access on September 24.
- Three exclusive animals: Komodo Dragon, Pygmy Hippopotamus, Thomson’s Gazelle.
- High-quality wallpapers.
- Original Soundtrack by JJ Ipsen.
In addition, the team is also participating in a developer AMA on Reddit featuring game director Piers Jackson, lead programmer Andrew Chappell, art director Marc Cox and lead community manager Bo de Vries today. Finally, we’ve got details about the beta’s Community Goal, a set challenge for everyone playing to participate in. For full details, go to the Frontier forums for more info.
Coming exclusively to PC, Planet Zoo will be available on Steam in Standard and Deluxe Editions on November 5, 2019.