We're pleased to announce that Update 1.2 is coming free to all Planet Zoo Players to enjoy on 7 April, 2020.
This free update contains a variety of different features and improvements as well as some new building pieces. Here’s an overview on what you can expect in our next update.
Upon selecting an animal, you will be able to see which animals are their parents, siblings, mates and offspring. Each animal is selectable, allowing you to ‘walk’ along animal bloodlines, so you can see close relations easily, and even work out common ancestors.
We’re also exposing deeper genetic information - for the first time you’ll be able to see the Genetic Identity of genes (a simplified genetic code).
We are introducing new difficulty settings to Planet Zoo. You will now be able to choose between Easy, Medium (the current game difficulty) and Hard. These settings will affect:
When loading into a Zoo in any mode, you will get the opportunity to choose from the three settings. For more information on these settings, you will be able to select the question mark icon above the settings to learn more about what will change when you play. You can change the difficulty at any time via the settings while you’re inside your zoo too, so the difficulty settings will be able to change to suit you at any moment.
We have made changes to the way Keepers feed the animals in your zoos. Here's what's going to happen in the new update:
Changes have been made to the Guest Information Panels to help you learn more about your zoo and how you can improve it.
Guest History will not be applied retroactively to existing zoos and Guests. For the Guest History to become available, you will need to play in that zoo for a while so that the History can be generated and applied to the tab.
Guests will now also display their arrival date, projected leaving date and the progress of their visit. You can view this in the Guest Information tab.
Changes have been implemented to make Guest Education clearer. The Guest Education tab, which is found in Zoo Management screens, will show:
All animals in game, including Deluxe Edition and Arctic Pack animals will now trigger their social interaction animations more frequently.
After building a shell around your staff buildings, or placing decorations around them, the negative impact radius will be reduced. The radius can be reduced by up to 50% - to get the full 50%, your scenery rating for the facility must be at 100%.
When using the Zoopedia, you will now be able to search for the species by typing, as well as being able to scroll through the UI.
Completed research will be shared across your Franchise. If you load into a Franchise Zoo, the research data will be saved so that the highest levels of research will be carried over between all Franchise zoos. If a Staff Member was researching a research category where the jump in levels is less than 1, then when you load into the zoo, they will no longer be assigned to that research and you will need to re-assign them. In comparison, the research should continue if, for example, they were researching level 1 Chinese Pangolins, and level 1 was completed in another zoo, then when you load back into the zoo they should be researching level 2.
To make sure you've got all of your research data from across your Franchise you'll need to load into each zoo individually. Once your Franchise zoos are all up to date, this will create a new baseline of research shared across them, until you upgrade research further.
We have added a variety of improvements to our pathing system. Staff buildings will connect to Staff Paths with a staff path, and standard path will connect up with standard path. Guest facilities will continue to connect with standard paths. You will now be able to click over normal path to replace with a staff path, similar to how you change the texture of a path, and vice versa. Double clicking a path piece will now open the Path Editor with that path type and texture selected to continue building with. We’ve also added the ability to set step height in half metre increments, making it easier to shape your paths around terrain.
You can now specify preferred units of measurement in the Settings Menu → Interface Tab → Units. These values default to the English standard units. This will not work for Zoopedia descriptions.
Alongside these features and improvements there will be new enrichment items, building pieces, and foliage. Among other items, there will be new Tropical and Moss Rocks as well as new Glass Panel pieces.
Update 1.2 will arrive alongside bug fixes and gameplay tweaks that will improve your Planet Zoo experience, full Update Notes will be available when it goes live on 7 April.
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