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Month: August 2016

Planet Coaster Moving to Steam

Planet Coaster Moving to Steam

Frontier has received positive responses from players after Alpha 2 was released of Planet Coaster back in May.

We have some new news on the successor to the RollerCoaster Tycoon series. Frontier sent an email to fans to notify them that a Steam version is coming soon. Those who purchased the alpha version or pre-ordered the game will get a Steam key in the upcoming weeks.

The next Alpha version of Planet Coaster will require all users to play through Steam according to an FAQ on their website.

“Planet Coaster Alpha 3 will build on Steam Workshop features and so requires access to Steam to play. You will not be able to use the Frontier Launchpad to play Planet Coaster from Alpha 3 onwards”

Planet Coaster Alpha 3 is scheduled for release on August 23.

Planet Coaster Looking to Pickup Where RollerCoaster Tycoon Stop

Planet Coaster Looking to Pickup Where RollerCoaster Tycoon Stop

Planet Coaster’s Chief Creative Officer, Jonny Watts, sat down recently for an interview to discuss Frontier’s upcoming rollerocaster simulator. He has been with the company for 17 years and worked with Sawyer on the Rollercoaster Tycoon expansion packs. Below are the highlights of his interview with Robert Zak of PCGamesN.

Differences between Rollercoaster Tycoon and Planet Coaster

What is the difference between Planet Coaster and Rollercoaster Tycoon 3? The simulation is deeper, and players can get more creative than ever. We want to follow Chris Sawyer’s (creator of Rollercoaster Tycoon 1 and 2) philosophy of letting people build things like Lego – piece-by-piece in an undaunting way.

Importance of placement in the park

All the stuff you create affects the guests. These are real people – real AIs – with money in their pockets that you want to get them to spend. You have to make sure that things are in the right place for that to happen. You might put your exciting rides in the distance and your gentler ones nearer the start. People will then go in, go on a gentle ride and work their way towards the exciting ones while walking past all the shops. That’s where the sophisticated simulation comes in: how you get the crowds of guests flowing through your park will affect how you extract money from them.

Tracking the movement of the crowd

 

You should be able to do things at first glance, so first of all you can see where people are physically – that’s where the most popular part of the park is, then by their behaviour you’ll be able to see if they’re hungry, or tired, or need to go to the toilet. Then there’s the stuff I like to call ‘nested complexity’, where you can click on people to really delve into their thoughts on your park, which you can then base your business decisions on. We’ll probably have heatmaps as well.

Will VR be part of Planet Coaster

We’re definitely experts in VR, and we know what we’re doing, but that’s all I’m going to say on that subject!

Planet Coaster Alpha 2 Released

Planet Coaster Alpha 2 Released

Frontier Development released Alpha 2 version of Planet Coaster on May 24.

Alpha 1 showed theme park sim fans the building tools. The second pre-release phase, Alpha 2, arrives with landscaping, VFX and paths creation.

If you remember in Alpha 1, Frontier hid the coaster-building system. Good news for fans, that feature has been released for all to enjoy in Alpha 2.

So far the game is shaping up to become of the best roller coaster sims ever.

Planet Coaster Sales Reach Nearly $2 Million

Planet Coaster Sales Reach Nearly $2 Million

Planet Coaster has yet to release, however according to Frontier Developments, the theme park builder has generated nearly $2 million in pre orders.

This is a very good sign for the future of this new franchise. With pre-sales of Planet Coaster reaching such a high number this early in the game, it gives Frontier the confidence that this game can fill the void left by the RollerCoaster Tycoon series.

“The Board is encouraged by the reception to the first Alpha build of Planet Coaster, the Group’s second self-published franchise. Released on schedule on 22 March 2016, the Alpha 1 build contained fundamental game systems including modular scenery, pathing and an early version of the coaster building system. Feedback to date has been very positive, with a total of over £1 million in customer receipts for the Alpha version and pre-orders. The Group has also announced the date of the Alpha 2 release of 24 May 2016.”

How to Build Roller Coasters in Alpha Version

How to Build Roller Coasters in Alpha Version

Frontier Development released the first Alpha version of Planet Coaster on March 22. Those looking to construct their first roller coaster will notice the Coasters section in the build menu is grayed out. This was hidden by Frontier since the coasters are under heavy construction, with a lot of bugs to work out. We did discover a way to unlock the Coaster build section and we will show you how to access the hidden option.

The first step is to start the game and select a park of your choice. In this Planet Coaster tutorial we selected the sandbox mode to build our own park from scratch. Once the park has been selected, open up the Rides menu and click the magnifying glass icon. This action pops up a new window, game’s search option, which is a good tool for finding the exact things you want.

Planet Coaster search menu
Planet Coaster search menu

 

Once the search menu has appeared, click on the search box and type in “underconstruction”. This will unlock the Coasters option, which will appear on the bottom menu bar. Now you have the ability to build from one of the two different types of coaster tracks.

 Unlock the Coasters option
Unlock the Coasters option

 

Planet Coaster Early Bird Alpha Released

Planet Coaster Early Bird Alpha Released

Frontier’s Planet Coaster won’t be released until the end of the year, but it launch its first alpha build on March 22, 2016.

The alpha version is very limited in scope, and a pretty rough around the edges, but it gives you an idea of how the game will play.

To gain access to Planet Coaster alpha build you will have to purchase the Early Bird version of the game.

This is one of the three stages Frontier has planned for the game. The first alpha version will focus on Modular building and paths. The roller coaster creation feature has been hidden due to it not nearly being complete, however Frontier did add a way to unlock this feature.

“To access coaster building, open a map and select the ‘Rides’, ‘Scenery’ or ‘Buildings’ tab, then select the ‘Search’ option (a magnifying glass) and enter the code ‘underconstruction’ (all one word in lower case) to enable the coaster construction tab.”