Planet Zoo 1.4 Update - Underwater feeder
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Planet Zoo 1.4 Update

Hayo Zookeepers!

We're proud to reveal more of what we've been working on: free Update 1.4, coming to Planet Zoo 8 December 2020.

This free update includes marvellous new additions, as well as some community requested features - thank you for sharing your suggestions with us! Read on to learn more about the forthcoming update, what you can expect and how it will affect your gameplay.

Water Temperature Regulator

With Update 1.4, we'll be adding a new Water Temperature Regulator facility that will allow you to customise the temperature of all water volumes within its range. This will help you have full control over the welfare of animals that like to spend a lot of time in the water, which will enable you to ensure your animals have maximum comfort in your care.

Using the Water Temperature Regulator Information Panel, the facility can be customised to suit the layout and requirements in your zoos, as you'll be able to:

  • Adjust the Regulator's effective range.
  • Adjust the target temperature all water volumes in range should be regulated to.

There will also be a new Heat map mode added to the Water overview for the Water Temperature Regulator, which will show you:

  • The current range of each Water Temperature Regulator in your zoo.
  • The temperature each Water Temperature Regulator is set to.
  • The temperature of each volume of water in your zoo.

Underwater Feeder

The Underwater Box Feeder, a new feeding station, will be available as part of the free update. For now, the only animal that will use this in the game is Saltwater Crocodile, but we will be adding this to more animals in the future. When using this feeder, like any other food enrichment, its Information Panel will provide you with details on its food capacity, usage by animals, and food suitability. Additionally, there will be a status bar that will tell you if the feeder has been placed deep enough.

Zoo Management Transport Rides

Update 1.4 will include a new management screen that will summarise all of the Transport rides in the zoo. This screen will enable you to make faster and more accurate decisions about your transport rides to better manage your zoo.

The new Overview Tab will inform you on:

  • The number of different rides.
  • The most popular ride in your zoo.
  • The most popular station in your zoo.
  • The total annual profit for all rides.
  • The total number of guests that have used the rides in the current year.
  • The lifetime profit from the rides.

The Stats tab will break down each individual ride into more detailed information for you, by showing you:

  • Annual profit.
  • Annual guests.
  • Total track length.
  • What stations guests are using.
  • Each station's scenery rating.

The Management Tab will allow you to edit:

  • The number of trains (only while the ride is closed).
  • The number of cars per train (only while the ride is closed).
  • Maximum speed.
  • Ticket price (per station).
  • The status of the ride (overall and per station).

Challenge Scenario

We're excited to travel to the Philippines with you, for a new timed scenario set in the mountains of Luzon! Take on an adventure and transform disused rice terraces, while pushing conservational awareness. Make sure you have it ready in time for the grand opening ceremonies!

Animal Talks

We can't wait to bring you Animal Talks, something that we recently shared more about. A staple activity in zoos that help educate guests about the zoo and their conservation efforts, in Planet Zoo, Animal Talks will be run by Educators, a new Staff type that will help educate our guests about animals around your zoos!

For Animal Talks to happen, you're required to place an Animal Talk Point in the area you've set up for the talk to take place (we recommend carving out a section for each Animal Talk so that your guests don't block the path for your Staff and any guests travelling around the zoo). Animal Talk Points can only select a species for the talk from nearby habitats and exhibits. Once you've got it all ready to go, an Educator will get ready to do the Animal Talk, and both guests and (sometimes) animals will gather around to see what all the excitement is about!

These Animal Talks come with a new Information Panel. Each talk can be set up for one habitat or exhibit, and one species of animal. Through this panel, you will be able to:

  • Enable and disable Animal Talk Points.
  • Pick an animal species for the talk.
  • Pick a month to schedule the talk (it will take place annually).
  • Assign an Educator to the Animal Talk Point.
  • Assign the Animal Talk to a work zone.
  • Select music, which will play while the talk is not in use.
  • See if your placement of the Animal Talk Point will allow your Educator to throw food in.

There is also a new management tab for Animal Talks. In this tab, you can see:

  • List of Animal Talks
  • Location of the Animal Talk Points.
  • Habitat or Exhibit Talk Point type.
  • Assigned Habitat.
  • Assigned animal species - a talk can only be for one species.
  • Month the talk is scheduled.
  • Works zone assigned (Yes/No).

Added Creativity!

We can't wait to see what you do with the new, free scenery assets! Update 1.4 will bring you a set of 'decal decorations', two new guest paths, one new queue path and two variants to pre-existing queue paths, a new font for your 3D letters, 2D letters, and a range of foliage. We love seeing what you create, and we're looking forward to seeing how you incorporate these into your zoos.

Quality of Life

Thanks to your suggestions and feedback, we've added in a new feature:

Multi-Select for Franchise Mode Animal Storage

Something that has been requested for a long time now, we're proud to bring you the multi-select tool to Franchise Mode Animal Storage! This will make it easier for you to manage your animals, especially for when breeding gets out of hand quickly!

Update 1.4 will arrive with gameplay tweaks and bug fixes that we've worked on with your feedback and suggestions in mind. You'll get the full list of the Update Notes when Update 1.4 goes live on 8 December.

Thanks, PlanZo Fam, for all of your brilliant support and feedback as we continue to work on Planet Zoo. We're looking forward to sharing more about what we've been working on very soon! Stay tuned!

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