‘Planet Zoo’ Announces Southeast Asia Animal Pack & Update 1.5
‘Planet Zoo’ is adding to its animal magic, as Frontier Developments announced the ‘Southeast Asia Animal Pack’ will launch on Tuesday, 30th March 2021, alongside update 1.5.
‘Planet Zoo’ is a management sim from the developers of ‘Planet Coaster’ and ‘Zoo Tycoon’ which lets you build and run your own zoo! You can play through a bunch of pre-made scenarios, or start your own franchise from scratch, populating it will a huge array of animals, from tiny frogs to lion cubs to mighty elephants and everything in between.
The New Animals
The new pack expands those animal options even further, introducing the Clouded Leopard, Sun Bear, Proboscis Monkey, Binturong, Malayan Tapir, Ussuri Dhole, North Sulawesi Babirusa and Giant Malaysian Leaf Insect which join the already impressive list of existing habitat and exhibit animals. Offering the most new animals of any Planet Zoo pack to date, budding zookeepers can test their skills as they handcraft a stunning array of habitats to keep their newest arrivals healthy and happy.
The Clouded Leopard is one of the spectacular new inclusions, a medium-sized arboreal cat residing in forests and grassland. Secretive and solitary, players will have the opportunity to help protect and raise this vulnerable species.
Another fan favourite is the honey-loving Sun Bear. Naturally docile, it’s not classed as a predator, and can happily coexist with other species. Sun bears love swimming and foraging before lazing away in their hammocks. While requiring relatively low land space, players will need to dedicate plenty of off-ground room for their climbing craze.
Then there’s the imitable Proboscis Monkey. Planet Zoo’s first swimming primate, it splashes through water with bespoke paddling animations not shared by any other animal. Proboscis monkeys are highly sociable, and players must keep them in groups to ensure optimal welfare. They also have a strong need for a variety of enrichment items, favouring moveable toys and foraging feeders.
Guests will be enthralled as they try to spot a glimpse of the Giant Malaysian Leaf Insect, the only exhibit animal in this pack. This remarkable creature is a pro at evading predators, having evolved to resemble a leaf, even mimicking the appearance of bite marks. When this piece of sentient shrubbery moves, it rocks back and forth just like a real leaf being blown by the wind.
In addition, there’s also a brand new timed scenario based in Perak, Malaysia. Here players will take charge of a struggling zoo set in a tropical rainforest biome and attempt to reverse its fortunes by placing facilities, scenery, and flora with Planet Zoo’s signature piece-by-piece construction and landscaping tools.
The ‘Planet Zoo: Southeast Asia Animal Pack’ launches alongside a free update that brings a range of extras and improvements to the game. This includes multiple zoo entrances, video billboards, fresh scenario rewards, customisable water colour and volume, and, at long last, the ability to save franchise zoos as sandboxes. There’s also a timed scenario called Bernie’s First Steps in which players expand an early version of Goodwin House into a thriving country park. You can find out more about Update 1.5 here.
‘Planet Zoo: Southeast Asia Animal Pack’ comes to PC via Steam for a suggested retail price of £7.99 / $9.99 / €9.99. Please note the Planet Zoo: Southeast Asia Animal Pack requires the Planet Zoo base game in order to download and play.