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Planet Coaster

3 years ago

Whooooo! Planet Coaster Rolling Out In November

Planet Coaster [official site], our next great hope for building and managing theme parks, now has a release date. It's been in (expensive) paid alpha for a while but it'll be declared finished and properly released on November 17th. I've not touched the alpha at all but I am quite keen to start building the park of my dreams with that fine-looking editor. I have…

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Planet Coaster Alpha 2 Adds Terrain Sculping

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…

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4 years ago

Whoooooaaaahhhh! Planet Coaster Launches Paid Alpha

I probably would pay to visit an unfinished theme park, but mostly because I can't imagine a better death than roaring through a loop de loop into a six-twist corkscrew then launching up a ramp to... nowhere, nothing, unfinished track, screaming through the air then landing in the crushing jaws of a still-skinless animatronic dinosaur. I'd be up for that. Let's start smaller, shall we?…

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Planet Coaster’s Alpha In March, Mods After Launch

RPS have written extensively about theme-park sim Planet Coaster [official site] but Frontier keep announcing juicy features with every new dev diary and livestream. Unfortunately, the interesting news is spread over more than an hour of footage of two men talking in front of a green screen. Not a particularly exciting or intense ride, if you ask me. And possibly nausea-inducing. So here are the…

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Planet Coaster Dev Diary Shows Rollercoaster Building

Planet Coaster [official site] has had a few developer diaries so far, but each one shows a little bit more of the game in action and gets me a little bit more interested in playing it. There are more shots here of track being laid, twisted and looped, alongside discussion of how you can create and share buildings and props within the game.

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Park Life: Planet Coaster’s Creation Tools

The second developer diary for Frontier's Planet Coaster [official site] has arrived. It covers the creation tools that will let you modify everything from rollercoasters to individual buildings and rocks. I had zero expectations about the theme park management game but this video, along with the crowd tech in the last diary, is very exciting indeed. It's almost as if there has been a big…

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People Power: Planet Coaster’s Smart Crowd Technology

Of all the things I expected to be writing this Friday, "you should definitely check out this Planet coaster [official site] dev diary" was fairly low on the list. And yet, here we are. You should definitely check out this Planet Coaster dev diary because not only does it convey the scale of the theme parks Frontier want to build (crowds of thousands), it also…

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Roll Out The Coasters: Parkitect

There have been two big theme parks in gaming news recently. First, there's Frontier's Planet Coaster which doesn't contain any dinosaurs at all, and then there's Jurassic World, which contains all of the dinosaurs. I don't think Parkitect [official site] has any dinosaurs but it does have gorgeous isometric rollercoasters and looks like the closest thing to Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 since Rollercoaster Tycoon 2. Kickstarted…

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Planet Coaster: Frontier’s Theme Park Management Sim

Before Frontier Developments became famous for Elite again, they mostly made rollercoaster and zoo tycoon games like RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 and Kinectimals. They haven't stopped making those, and at E3 have announced... something other than a PC release of Xbox exclusive murdercoaster sim Screamride. That's what I would've liked to hear: that I'd soon be building coasters intended to thrill and/or murder every rider. Oh…

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