Frontier Developments has launched Planet Zoo today on PC (Steam). Watch the new launch trailer above, which shows off the East Asia theme.

Planet Zoo was developed by the creators of Planet Coaster and Jurassic World Evolution, two of my personal favorite sim games of the last several years.

“We’re delighted to release the next entry in the Planet series. Planet Zoo is very much a labor of love for the team after two and a half years of researching animal traits and behaviors and translating that into what we think is a deep and rewarding sim game,” said Piers Jackson, game director. “The reception from announce to beta to launch has been wonderfully affirming, and we’re all excited to see what players create.”

Aspiring zoo managers can embark on a globe-trotting campaign in Career mode, tackle challenges in the aptly named Challenge mode, or start up your own zoo business and trade animals with other players online in Franchise Mode. For those who want a completely free-form, offline experience, there’s always Sandbox mode.

At launch Planet Zoo features over 70 animals across six biomes. In addition to planning and building their zoo, customizing enclosures, and hiring staff, each individual animal and species has distinct needs that to be met to keep them happy and healthy.

The standard edition is out now for $44.99. A deluxe edition is also available for $54.99, which adds three more exclusive animals: the Komodo Dragon, Pygmy Hippopotamus, and Thomson’s Gazelle.

Planet Zoo is rated E10+ for Crude Humor, Mild Blood, and Mild Violence.

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