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Have You Played… Planet Zoo?

Snow leopards are my absolute favourite animals in the world. I would die happy if I ever got the chance to see one in real life (from a great distance of course, lest it de-grundle me). Alas, the closest that most of us will get in our lives is to play Planet Zoo – easily the best zoo simulator out there right now. Read more

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Jurassic World Evolution 2 lets you try to fix the movies’ many flaws

Be better than the people in the films in the neat Chaos Theory mode. When I was younger I loved Jurassic Park. I was one of those really annoying kids who would say things like, “oh, but the book is so much better,” and I read it so much the pages were falling apart and the cover had come off. I was even more insufferable with The Lost World. Having this time read the book before seeing the film, I had hugely high expectations that were proverbially shat on by a Triceratops when I saw the disappointing Spielberg movie. Then…

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Elite Dangerous: Odyssey releases new patch fixing tons of bugs

When Elite Dangerous: Odyssey came out on May 19th, it was filled to the brim with bugs. Crashes, performance issues, stability problems – you name it, Odyssey was suffering from it. Developers Frontier issued three hotfix patches in its launch week, but more still needed to be done. Now they’ve released a sizeable patch that should remove a lot of the jank, addressing issues with the servers, UI, lighting, menus, missions and more. Read more

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Elite Dangerous: Odyssey is now letting alpha players scan space plants

Greetings, Commanders. Here’s your regular status report on the Elite Dangerous: Odyssey alpha. After gradually expanding the capabilitties of alpha players from their initial walkabouts to some FPS games, Frontier Developments are now sending players off to explore new planets again. The latest alpha phase, focused on exploration, turns players into exobiologists with genetic scanners. Read more

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Preview: the Elite Dangerous Odyssey FPS expansion is best when you’re not shooting

There’s a Vulture circling overhead. Not a scavenger bird, but the somewhat larger Core Dynamics Vulture. Its engine reverbs across the moon’s surface as it boosts off into orbit, ignoring me. I’m not worth the hassle. My Sidewinder, the trash-tier space banger of Elite Dangerous, is parked quiet and unoccupied on the edge of a huge meteor crater. I’m out for a walk, you see, with the long-awaited space legs of the upcoming Odyssey expansion. Not everything is smooth and picturesque in this ongoing public alpha. Despite that, it’s gratifying to boot up your favourite space-trucking game and find not…

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A Planet Zoo player has bred an ostrich taller than the Statue of Liberty

There was a brief and special period, just after the launch of delightful menagerie management game Planet Zoo, during which the game’s simulated global economy went deeply and deliciously wrong. The theory was beautiful. In order to buy into breeding programmes for high-profile endangered species, players first had to prove their credentials with the husbandry of more mundane beasts. By trading healthy, happy animals with other player zoos, it was supposed, folks could work their way gradually towards the purchase of prestigious creatures like pandas, gorillas and ‘phants. Inevitably, however, players gamed the living crikey out of the market, and…

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Elite Dangerous: Odyssey’s alpha has new PvP matches called Conflict Zones

The alpha phase for Elite Dangerous: Odyssey is moving right along. After letting players step out onto the surface for the first time last week, Frontier Developments are moving into phase two of the next expansion’s alpha testing. This week they’re dropping alpha testers into a new system and letting them battle it out in the new on foot PvP Conflict Zones. You can spot the new FPS action in a new video the developers have published alongside the launch of phase two. Read more

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I created high-concept exhibits for Planet Zoo’s newest animals, and they’re really upsetting

Planet Zoo is a deeply warm-hearted game. While it’s set up to give you as much freedom as possible in every aspect of your zoo’s design, it still steers you firmly towards being good to the animals which live there. Unlike Frontier’s other animal husbandry game, Jurassic World Evolution, where everyone knows the management layer is just a way of killing time until the inevitable monster deathmatches, Planet Zoo does absolutely nothing to signpost “nightmare animal supermax” as a valid playstyle. Personally, I think that’s a good decision. But as I already mentioned, it puts a genuinely phenomenal range of…

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Elite Dangerous: Odyssey just sent alpha players onto the surface

We’ve got contact, Commanders. Elite Dangerous has fired up the alpha test for its Odyssey expansion—the one that’ll let you stomp around on space surfaces. No longer will pilots be confined to their cockpits. Starting today, Alpha players will be testing out combat and exploration over the course of a few weeks, according to this new flight plan. Frontier Developments say that the full launch for Odyssey is still expected in late spring this year, but you can catch a look at what’s coming right now. Read more

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Elite Dangerous: Odyssey expansion is delayed

Frontier Developments have been cooking up a new expansion for big space MMO Elite Dangerous but hold up, it hasn’t been cleared to disembark just yet. Elite Dangerous: Odyssey had been planned for early in 2021 but that window is getting bumped back thanks to our constant companion Covid-19. Odyssey is now expected in late spring for PC players, Frontier say in a new announcement. (more…)

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Elite Dangerous: Odyssey delayed on both PC and consoles

By Stephany Nunneley, Wednesday, 13 January 2021 17:04 GMT Frontier Developments have delayed the release of Elite Dangerous: Odyssey on both PC and consoles. Today, the studio shared an update regarding the ongoing development of Elite Dangerous: Odyssey.According to Frontier, the ongoing impact of the pandemic and the renewed lockdowns in 2021 has added pressure on both the teams and the development timeline which has resulted in adjustments and changes to the development roadmap. Plans for the PC version have only been impacted slightly, however, plans for the console release will see a larger development shift. The studio is continuing its…

No, this Mortal Engines-themed Planet Coaster build won’t eat your rides

Alright, listen. The 2018 Mortal Engines adaptation might’ve been largely forgettable, but it did a damn fine job of bringing the book series’ ridiculous towns-turned-monster-trucks to life. Now, one Planet Coaster architect has crafted their own version of London-Upon-Wheels, wrapping their fantasy amusement park around a multi-tiered truck of a city. It’s just a shame there’s no way it’ll ever move. Unfortunately, Planet Coaster just wasn’t built for that. (more…)

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Elite Dangerous: Odyssey stretches its space legs in new dev diary

Elite Dangerous has always been about ships. Flying ’em, fighting ’em, crashing ’em into asteroids because you forgot flight assist was turned off. Why would you ever want to get out and walk? With the Odyssey expansion promising just that, Frontier’s latest dev diary has outlined the trading, scavenging, gunslinging and mingling you’ll be getting up to should you choose to leave the comfort of the cockpit. (more…)