Planet Zoo Arctic Pack DLC Adds Four New Furry Animals

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Planet Zoo welcomes its first paid DLC pack next week on December 17, for $9.99. The Arctic Pack adds four new winter-themed animals and two new scenarios.

The four new animals are the Arctic Wolf, Dall Sheep, Polar Bear, and Reindeer. Each animal has specific needs and preferences for terrain, temperature, social groups, and habitat size.

The two new scenarios utilize the winter theme in two new biomes – snowy tundra and arid desert. In Norway, zoo managers will build a remote animal sanctuary for arctic animals. In Mexico players will be challenged keeping native arctic animals comfortable and happy in a warmer climate.

The Arctic Pack also adds over 200 new foliage, building, and other scenery items.

The DLC will launch alongside a free update to Planet Zoo. The update adds a number of new features and tools, such as an aging slider, heat maps for crime, and new nature assets and enrichment items.

If you like numbers, Frontier Developments released some fun stats based on the first month of play time:

  • 62 million animals born
  • 23 million staff hired
  • 5 million enrichment items placed
  • 7 million animals released into the wild

Planet Zoo is available on PC (Steam). It’s rated E10+ with Crude Humor, Mild Blood, and Mild Violence.

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Pokémon Sword and Shield Starter Evolutions Revealed

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Pokémon Sword and Shield have already been out for two weeks, and Nintendo and The Pokémon Company are just now officially revealing the evolutionary forms of the three starter Pokémon, as well as announcing another Gigantamax-capable Pokémon.

Grookey, the Grass-type monkey starter, evolves into Thwackey at level 16. Thwackey is known as the Beat Pokémon, and its held stick is now split in two which it wields like a drummer. At level 35 Thwackey evolves into Rillaboom, the Drummer Pokémon who is now a full-grown gorilla, who uses its sticks to beat on a tree stump drum.

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The rabbit Fire-type Pokémon Scorbunny evolves into Raboot at 16 and begins specializing in kicking attacks. At level 35 it evolves again into Ciunderace, the Striker-Pokémon. Despite definitely looking like a Fighting-type hybrid, Cinderace remains a pure Fire-type Starter through all three evolutions, a rarity among Fire starters.

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Finally there’s perennial sad-suck amphibian Pokémon Sobble, who evolves into an emo-lizard form at level 16 called Drizzle. Drizzle reaches its much improved potential at level 35 when it evolves into the Secret Agent Pokémon Inteleon, a suave anthropomorphic chameleon.

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The newest Gigantamx Pokémon has also been revealed: Snorlax. Rarely when encountering a Snorlax in a Max Raid Battle, you’ll find one in a different form – that’s a Gigantamax Snorlax. Gigantamax Snorlax is so large and sedentary that an entire woodland park has grown on top of its belly, including a berry tree.

Giganamax Snorlax has the unique move G-Max Replenish, which replaces any of its Normal-type moves. G-Max Replenish deals damage as well as restoring any Berries that its allies have eaten during battle.

Pokémon Sword and Shield is available now on Nintendo Switch. It’s rated E for Everyone.