Planet Coaster Alpha 2 Adds Terrain Sculping

Why is there not a carving of this man and his magnificent burg'?

Frontier Developments launched their new theme park sim Planet Coaster [official site] into early paid alpha in March but, while it was fun, it lacked some of the features that made the game look so exciting. The much-vaunted terrain sculpting and fancy coaster-building tools, for example. Those have now arrived with the launch of alpha 2, so players could – I don’t know – make a vast statue of themselves with a rollercoaster winding through their guts. Just throwing an idea out there.

Frontier haven’t put out patch notes, so I’m afraid you get the press release blurb:

“Alpha 2’s new Terrain Sculpting toolset lets players reshape the earth itself, forging hills, mountains, craters and caverns to create something truly unique. Whether building the coaster park of your dreams, re-creating a natural wonder or crafting impossible floating islands in the sky, Planet Coaster lets you bring any creative vision to life.

“And Alpha 2 players can now build their own rollercoasters with Planet Coaster’s advanced construction toolset. Planet Coaster Alpha 2 lets players build high into the sky, tunnel below ground and even carve through mountains as they build without limits. Alpha 2 introduces more authentic coaster types, new stations and all-new paint options to offer unprecedented opportunities for customization and creativity.”

In short, Planet Coaster now has a lot more of the stuff that makes it look cool.

Frontier have been quite clear that this isn’t your regular early access release, mind. They’re definitely selling it for serious coasterheads who want to build now now now, as it costs more in alpha than it will at launch. Right now, the ‘Early Bird Alpha’ costs £49.99/67,99€/$74.99. When Planet Coaster properly launches later this year, some time from September onwards, it’ll cost £29.99/39,99€/$49.99.

If you’ve splashed out to get in, how are you finding Planet Coaster? If not, hey, here, this recent dev livestream looked at alpha 2’s terrain tools:

And this one got into its coaster-building:

From this site

6 Comments

  1. MrFinnishDude says:

    Planet Coaster is ALREADY more superior to what Rollercoaster Tycoon World could ever be.
    I have my full trust in this game.

  2. spacepants says:

    Jeez, this game is making me drool. Stop already! It
    s the culmination of everything I’ve ever wanted in a coaster sim. Even my kids are getting amped up for this!

    • JackMultiple says:

      Is “ScultPing” like a StealthPing or a SkulkPing? I can’t decide.

      • JackMultiple says:

        Oops, forgot to use the fine comment-editing tools on RPS to fix this… meant to reply to the main thread, not your SubCommentComment.

  3. onodera says:

    Will we able able to build bungie ropes in the nostrils, like in S&MHtR?

  4. chabuhi says:

    The alpha looked really cool. Not a ton to do still (though admittedly I haven’t played in a few weeks). I just hope eventually I’ll be able to build my own parks and not have my planet flooded with creations from other players. We tried this in Spore and SimCity already – on balance, not sure it worked so great in either.